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  • Lovis Corinth. Title Illustration (Titelbild) from The Robbers (Die Räuber). (1923)
    Title Illustration (Titelbild)...
    (1923)
    Lovis Corinth. Title Illustration (Titelbild) from The Robbers (Die Räuber). (1923)
  • Lovis Corinth. Heading  for Act 1 (Kopfstück Zum 1. Akt) from The Robbers (Die Räuber). (1923)
    Heading for Act 1 (Kopfstück Zum 1...
    (1923)
    Lovis Corinth. Heading  for Act 1 (Kopfstück Zum 1. Akt) from The Robbers (Die Räuber). (1923)
  • Lovis Corinth. Franz and the Old Moor (Franz und der alte Moor) from The Robbers (Die Räuber). (1923)
    Franz and the Old Moor (Franz und der...
    (1923)
    Lovis Corinth. Franz and the Old Moor (Franz und der alte Moor) from The Robbers (Die Räuber). (1923)
  • Lovis Corinth. Heading for Act 2 (Kopfstück zum 2. Akt) from The Robbers (Die Räuber). (1923)
    Heading for Act 2 (Kopfstück zum 2...
    (1923)
    Lovis Corinth. Heading for Act 2 (Kopfstück zum 2. Akt) from The Robbers (Die Räuber). (1923)
  • Lovis Corinth. Hermann's False Report (Hermanns lügenhafter Bericht) from The Robbers (Die Räuber). (1923)
    Hermann's False Report (Hermanns...
    (1923)
    Lovis Corinth. Hermann's False Report (Hermanns lügenhafter Bericht) from The Robbers (Die Räuber). (1923)
  • Lovis Corinth. Heading for Act 3 (Kopfstück Zum 3. Akt) from The Robbers (Die Räuber). (1923)
    Heading for Act 3 (Kopfstück Zum 3...
    (1923)
    Lovis Corinth. Heading for Act 3 (Kopfstück Zum 3. Akt) from The Robbers (Die Räuber). (1923)
  • Lovis Corinth. Resting on a Summer Evening (Rast am Sommerabend) from The Robbers (Die Räuber). (1923)
    Resting on a Summer Evening (Rast am...
    (1923)
    Lovis Corinth. Resting on a Summer Evening (Rast am Sommerabend) from The Robbers (Die Räuber). (1923)
  • Lovis Corinth. Heading for Act 4: Karl Moor and Kosinsky on Horseback by Count Moor's Castle (Kopfstück Zum 4. Akt: Karl Moor und Kosinsky zu Pferde vor der Burg des Grafen Moor) from The Robbers (Die Räuber). (1923)
    Heading for Act 4: Karl Moor and Kosinsky...
    (1923)
    Lovis Corinth. Heading for Act 4: Karl Moor and Kosinsky on Horseback by Count Moor's Castle (Kopfstück Zum 4. Akt: Karl Moor und Kosinsky zu Pferde vor der Burg des Grafen Moor) from The Robbers (Die Räuber). (1923)
  • Lovis Corinth. Karl Moor and His Father (Karl Moor und sein Vater) from The Robbers (Die Räuber). (1923)
    Karl Moor and His Father (Karl Moor und...
    (1923)
    Lovis Corinth. Karl Moor and His Father (Karl Moor und sein Vater) from The Robbers (Die Räuber). (1923)
  • Lovis Corinth. Heading for Act 5: Franz and Daniel (Kopfstück zum 5. Akt: Franz und Daniel) from The Robbers (Die Räuber). (1923)
    Heading for Act 5: Franz and Daniel...
    (1923)
    Lovis Corinth. Heading for Act 5: Franz and Daniel (Kopfstück zum 5. Akt: Franz und Daniel) from The Robbers (Die Räuber). (1923)
  • Lovis Corinth. Karl Has Killed Amalia (Karl hat Amalien getötet) from The Robbers (Die Räuber). (1923)
    Karl Has Killed Amalia (Karl hat Amalien...
    (1923)
    Lovis Corinth. Karl Has Killed Amalia (Karl hat Amalien getötet) from The Robbers (Die Räuber). (1923)
  • Lovis Corinth. Closing Illustration (Schlussbild) from The Robbers (Die Räuber). (1923)
    Closing Illustration (Schlussbild)...
    (1923)
    Lovis Corinth. Closing Illustration (Schlussbild) from The Robbers (Die Räuber). (1923)

About the portfolio

Heather Hess, German Expressionist Digital Archive Project, German Expressionism: Works from the Collection. 2011.

In these prints, Lovis Corinth illustrates Friedrich Schiller's play Die Räuber (The robbers; 1781), which explores the conflict between two brothers and the destructive forces of jealousy, betrayal, and greed. Karl, the first-born son, joins a band of robbers after his younger brother, Franz, deceives their father into disinheriting him. Later Karl returns, unrecognized, to see his great love, Amalia. Things end badly. Corinth's quick, loose draftsmanship conveys the moral ambiguity and confusion of identities in Schiller's play, and his dramatic use of light and dark reflects the horrors and the growing psychological despair that beset the characters.

PUBLISHING HISTORY

Founded in 1919, Avalun Verlag focused on publishing luxury editions of classic literary works with illustrations by contemporary artists. In December 1922, the publisher approached Corinth about doing a project, leaving the choices of text, medium, and number of illustrations up to the artist. This resultant portfolio of twelve unbound lithographs based on Die Räuber was issued with the first fifty copies of the book edition. Corinth illustrated three works by Schiller in the 1920s, when printmaking provided financial security in an uncertain economy.

Lovis Corinth (German, 1858–1925)

The Portfolio

The Robbers (Die Räuber)

Date:
(1923)
Medium:
Portfolio of twelve lithographs
Dimensions:
sheet (each, irreg.): 14 9/16 x 10 9/16" (37 x 26.9 cm)
Paper:
Cream, smooth, wove.
Publisher:
Avalun Verlag, Dresden-Hellerau
Printer:
A. Rogall, Berlin
Edition:
Illustrated book: 280 (including a special edition of 150, signed and numbered 1-150 at the colophon, each plate signed, bound in full-parchment; and a regular edition of 130, signed and numbered 151-280, bound in half-parchment); plus supplementary suite of 50 issued in portfolio accompanying nos. 1-50 of the special edition [this ex.]
Credit Line:
Gift of J. B. Neumann
Reference:
Müller 797-808. Rifkind 446.1-12.
MoMA Number:
363.1956.1-12
Themes:
Literary Subjects
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