Lovis Corinth. Karl Liebknecht (plate facing page 104) from Gesammelte Schriften (Collected Writings). 1920

Lovis Corinth Karl Liebknecht (plate facing page 104) 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.


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.
Lithograph from an illustrated book with eight lithographs
composition (irreg.): 6 7/16 x 5 3/16" (16.4 x 13.1 cm); page: 11 7/16 x 9 1/8" (29.1 x 23.1 cm)
Fritz Gurlitt, Berlin
Book: Deluxe edition of 120 and an unknown regular edition [this ex.]; plus separate edition of single print: 15
Curt Valentin Bequest
Object number
Illustrated book
Gesammelte Schriften (Collected Writings)
Drawings and Prints

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