Lovis Corinth. Two Peasants after William Leibl (Zwei Bauern nach Wilhelm Leibl) (plate facing page 44) from Gesammelte Schriften (Collected Writings). 1920

Lovis Corinth Two Peasants after William Leibl (Zwei Bauern nach Wilhelm Leibl) (plate facing page 44) from Gesammelte Schriften (Collected Writings) 1920

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Gathering Lovis Corinth's articles from various art periodicals and Berlin newspapers, this collection features reminiscences of his boyhood in East Prussia, an essay on etching, a rumination on his travels to Italy, his inaugural lecture as president of the Berlin Secession (a modernist exhibiting society), and his thoughts on contemporary German art. The book also includes eight black-and-white lithographs by Corinth portraying Berlin monuments, the frescoes at the Campo Santo in Pisa, the death mask of socialist leader Karl Liebknecht, and German paintings the artist admired. This range of themes hints at the varied subjects and styles Corinth addressed throughout his long and prolific career.

PUBLISHING HISTORY

After World War I, when there was limited access to canvas and a declining market for expensive oil paintings, Corinth turned increasingly to printmaking for its financial promise. He collaborated closely with Wolfgang Gurlitt, a Berlin dealer who also published prints and illustrated books by Expressionists and other leading artists. Upon this book's publication, Corinth wrote to Karl Schwarz, the author of the first catalogue raisonné of his prints, saying, "Overall it’s nice, but actually I don’t like it. Hopefully it will sell well. That’s the most important thing."

Publication excerpt from Heather Hess, German Expressionist Digital Archive Project, German Expressionism: Works from the Collection. 2011.
Medium
Lithograph from an illustrated book with eight lithographs
Dimensions
composition (irreg.): 8 x 5 15/16" (20.3 x 15.1 cm); page: 11 7/16 x 9 3/16" (29.1 x 23.3 cm)
Publisher
Fritz Gurlitt, Berlin
Printer
unknown
Edition
Book: Deluxe edition of 120 and an unknown regular edition [this ex.]; plus separate edition of single print: 15
Credit
Curt Valentin Bequest
Object number
71.1956.4
Illustrated book
Gesammelte Schriften (Collected Writings)
Department
Drawings and Prints

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