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Max Liebermann (German, 1847–1935)

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  • Lovis Corinth. Self-Portrait (Selbstbildnis) (plate 1) from the illustrated book Deutsche Graphiker der Gegenwart (German Printmakers of Our Time). 1920
    Self-Portrait (Selbstbildnis) (plate...
    1920
    Lovis Corinth. Self-Portrait (Selbstbildnis) (plate 1) from the illustrated book Deutsche Graphiker der Gegenwart (German Printmakers of Our Time). 1920
  • Max Liebermann. Self-Portrait (Selbstbildnis) (plate 2) from the illustrated book Deutsche Graphiker der Gegenwart (German Printmakers of Our Time). 1920 (print executed 1917)
    Self-Portrait (Selbstbildnis) (plate...
    1920 (print executed 1917)
    Max Liebermann. Self-Portrait (Selbstbildnis) (plate 2) from the illustrated book Deutsche Graphiker der Gegenwart (German Printmakers of Our Time). 1920 (print executed 1917)
  • Käthe Kollwitz. Small Self-Portrait (Kleines Selbstbildnis) (plate 3) from the illustrated book Deutsche Graphiker der Gegenwart (German Printmakers of Our Time). 1920
    Small Self-Portrait (Kleines...
    1920
    Käthe Kollwitz. Small Self-Portrait (Kleines Selbstbildnis) (plate 3) from the illustrated book Deutsche Graphiker der Gegenwart (German Printmakers of Our Time). 1920
  • August Gaul. Goats (Ziegen) (plate 5) from the illustrated book Deutsche Graphiker der Gegenwart (German Printmakers of Our Time). 1920 (print executed c. 1916)
    Goats (Ziegen) (plate 5) from the...
    1920 (print executed c. 1916)
    August Gaul. Goats (Ziegen) (plate 5) from the illustrated book Deutsche Graphiker der Gegenwart (German Printmakers of Our Time). 1920 (print executed c. 1916)
  • Rudolf Grossmann. The Boxers (Die Boxer) (plate 7) from the illustrated book Deutsche Graphiker der Gegenwart (German Printmakers of Our Time). 1920
    The Boxers (Die Boxer) (plate 7) from...
    1920
    Rudolf Grossmann. The Boxers (Die Boxer) (plate 7) from the illustrated book Deutsche Graphiker der Gegenwart (German Printmakers of Our Time). 1920
  • Alfred Kubin. In Flight (Auf der Flucht) from the illustrated book Deutsche Graphiker der Gegenwart (German Printmakers of Our Time). 1920
    In Flight (Auf der Flucht) from the...
    1920
    Alfred Kubin. In Flight (Auf der Flucht) from the illustrated book Deutsche Graphiker der Gegenwart (German Printmakers of Our Time). 1920
  • Paul Klee. Giant Aphid (Riesenblattlaus) (plate 10) from the illustrated book Deutsche Graphiker der Gegenwart (German Printmakers of Our Time). 1920
    Giant Aphid (Riesenblattlaus) (plate...
    1920
    Paul Klee. Giant Aphid (Riesenblattlaus) (plate 10) from the illustrated book Deutsche Graphiker der Gegenwart (German Printmakers of Our Time). 1920
  • George Grosz. He Made Fun of Hindenburg (Er hat Hindenburg verspottet) (plate 11) from the illustrated book Deutsche Graphiker der Gegenwart (German Printmakers of Our Time). 1920
    He Made Fun of Hindenburg (Er hat...
    1920
    George Grosz. He Made Fun of Hindenburg (Er hat Hindenburg verspottet) (plate 11) from the illustrated book Deutsche Graphiker der Gegenwart (German Printmakers of Our Time). 1920
  • Ernst Barlach. Group in a Storm (Gruppe im Sturm)(plate 14) from the illustrated book Deutsche Graphiker der Gegenwart (German Printmakers of Our Time). 1920 (print executed 1919)
    Group in a Storm (Gruppe im...
    1920 (print executed 1919)
    Ernst Barlach. Group in a Storm (Gruppe im Sturm)(plate 14) from the illustrated book Deutsche Graphiker der Gegenwart (German Printmakers of Our Time). 1920 (print executed 1919)
  • Richard Seewald. The Goat (Die Ziege) (plate 17) from the illustrated book Deutsche Graphiker der Gegenwart (German Printmakers of Our Time). 1920
    The Goat (Die Ziege) (plate 17) from...
    1920
    Richard Seewald. The Goat (Die Ziege) (plate 17) from the illustrated book Deutsche Graphiker der Gegenwart (German Printmakers of Our Time). 1920
  • Heinrich Campendonk. Peasants Strolling (Bauerngang) from the illustrated book Deutsche Graphiker der Gegenwart (German Printmakers of Our Time). 1920 (print executed 1918)
    Peasants Strolling (Bauerngang) from...
    1920 (print executed 1918)
    Heinrich Campendonk. Peasants Strolling (Bauerngang) from the illustrated book Deutsche Graphiker der Gegenwart (German Printmakers of Our Time). 1920 (print executed 1918)
  • Erich Heckel. Sick Girl (Krankes Mädchen) (plate 19) from the illustrated book Deutsche Graphiker der Gegenwart (German Printmakers of Our Time). 1920 (print executed 1913)
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    1920 (print executed 1913)
    Erich Heckel. Sick Girl (Krankes Mädchen) (plate 19) from the illustrated book Deutsche Graphiker der Gegenwart (German Printmakers of Our Time). 1920 (print executed 1913)
  • Otto Mueller. Bathers (Badende) (plate 20) from the illustrated book Deutsche Graphiker der Gegenwart (German Printmakers of Our Time). 1920
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    1920
    Otto Mueller. Bathers (Badende) (plate 20) from the illustrated book Deutsche Graphiker der Gegenwart (German Printmakers of Our Time). 1920
  • Max Pechstein. Woman Desired by Man (Weib vom Manne begehrt) (plate 21) from the illustrated book Deutsche Graphiker der Gegenwart (German Printmakers of Our Time). 1920 (print executed 1919)
    Woman Desired by Man (Weib vom Manne...
    1920 (print executed 1919)
    Max Pechstein. Woman Desired by Man (Weib vom Manne begehrt) (plate 21) from the illustrated book Deutsche Graphiker der Gegenwart (German Printmakers of Our Time). 1920 (print executed 1919)
  • Karl Schmidt-Rottluff. Woman's Head (plate 22) from the illustrated book Deutsche Graphiker der Gegenwart (German Printmakers of Our Time). 1920 (print executed in 1916)
    Woman's Head (plate 22) from the...
    1920 (print executed in 1916)
    Karl Schmidt-Rottluff. Woman's Head (plate 22) from the illustrated book Deutsche Graphiker der Gegenwart (German Printmakers of Our Time). 1920 (print executed in 1916)
  • Lyonel Feininger. Hansa Fleet (Hansaflotte) (plate 23) from the illustrated book Deutsche Graphiker der Gegenwart (German Printmakers of Our Time). (1918, published 1920)
    Hansa Fleet (Hansaflotte) (plate 23)...
    (1918, published 1920)
    Lyonel Feininger. Hansa Fleet (Hansaflotte) (plate 23) from the illustrated book Deutsche Graphiker der Gegenwart (German Printmakers of Our Time). (1918, published 1920)
  • Conrad Felixmüller. Self-Portrait (Selbstbildnis) (plate 24) from the illustrated book Deutsche Graphiker der Gegenwart (German Printmakers of Our Time). 1920 (print executed 1919)
    Self-Portrait (Selbstbildnis) (plate...
    1920 (print executed 1919)
    Conrad Felixmüller. Self-Portrait (Selbstbildnis) (plate 24) from the illustrated book Deutsche Graphiker der Gegenwart (German Printmakers of Our Time). 1920 (print executed 1919)
  • Max Unold. The Street (Die Straße) (plate 25) from the illustrated book Deutsche Graphiker der Gegenwart (German Printmakers of Our Time). 1920
    The Street (Die Straße) (plate...
    1920
    Max Unold. The Street (Die Straße) (plate 25) from the illustrated book Deutsche Graphiker der Gegenwart (German Printmakers of Our Time). 1920
  • Karl Caspar. The Visitation (Heimuchung) (plate 26) from the illustrated book Deutsche Graphiker der Gegenwart (German Printmakers of Our Time). 1920 (print executed 1917)
    The Visitation (Heimuchung) (plate...
    1920 (print executed 1917)
    Karl Caspar. The Visitation (Heimuchung) (plate 26) from the illustrated book Deutsche Graphiker der Gegenwart (German Printmakers of Our Time). 1920 (print executed 1917)
  • René Beeh. Lion (Löwe) (plate 28) from the illustrated book Deutsche Graphiker der Gegenwart (German Printmakers of Our Time). 1920
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    1920
    René Beeh. Lion (Löwe) (plate 28) from the illustrated book Deutsche Graphiker der Gegenwart (German Printmakers of Our Time). 1920
  • Adolf Ferdinand Schinnerer. The Banquet (Das Gastmahl) (plate 28) from the illustrated book Deutsche Graphiker der Gegenwart (German Printmakers of Our Time). 1920
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    1920
    Adolf Ferdinand Schinnerer. The Banquet (Das Gastmahl) (plate 28) from the illustrated book Deutsche Graphiker der Gegenwart (German Printmakers of Our Time). 1920
  • Ludwig Meidner. Portrait  of Dr. Victor Heinrich Klinkhardt (III) (Bildnis Dr. Victor Heinrich Klinkhardt [III]) (plate 29) from the illustrated book Deutsche Graphiker der Gegenwart (German Printmakers of Our Time). 1920
    Portrait of Dr. Victor Heinrich...
    1920
    Ludwig Meidner. Portrait  of Dr. Victor Heinrich Klinkhardt (III) (Bildnis Dr. Victor Heinrich Klinkhardt [III]) (plate 29) from the illustrated book Deutsche Graphiker der Gegenwart (German Printmakers of Our Time). 1920
  • Max Beckmann. Pierrot and Mask (Pierrot und Maske) (plate 30) from the illustrated book Deutsche Graphiker der Gegenwart (German Printmakers of Our Time). 1920
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    1920
    Max Beckmann. Pierrot and Mask (Pierrot und Maske) (plate 30) from the illustrated book Deutsche Graphiker der Gegenwart (German Printmakers of Our Time). 1920
  • Richard Seewald. Front cover from the illustrated book Deutsche Graphiker der Gegenwart (German Printmakers of Our Time). 1920
    Front cover from the illustrated...
    1920
    Richard Seewald. Front cover from the illustrated book Deutsche Graphiker der Gegenwart (German Printmakers of Our Time). 1920

About this illustrated book

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

Deutsche Graphiker der Gegenwart (German printmakers of our time) brings together woodcuts, lithographs, and reproductions by thirty-one artists representing a cross-section of styles from Impressionism to Expressionism, uniting under a single cover works ranging from naturalistic self-portraits to left-wing political caricatures. It features works by artists associated with the Berlin Secession (an exhibiting society comprised primarily of German Impressionists), with Expressionist groups like the Brücke and Der Blaue Reiter, and with the political Novembergruppe, as well as artists like Max Beckmann who were not affliliated with any group.

In his introduction, art historian Kurt Pfister identified Expressionism as the leading force in German art at the time, while stressing the plurality of approaches to style and subject matter that the movement encompassed. Pfister emphasized the openness of German artists to foreign sources, and cited the importance of Paul Cézanne, Edvard Munch, and Pablo Picasso as well as Japanese, Indian, African, and Gothic art for the development of German art. There was a fifty-year difference in age between the oldest artist, Max Liebermann, and the youngest, Conrad Felixmüller, featured in the collection. The volume also included Lyonel Feininger, an American who had lived in Germany since 1896, as well as Austrian artists Oskar Kokoschka and Alfred Kubin.

Various Artists with Paul Klee (German, born Switzerland. 1879–1940), Max Beckmann (German, 1884–1950), Karl Caspar (German, 1879–1956), Conrad Felixmüller (German, 1897–1977), Erich Heckel (German, 1883–1970), René Beeh (German, 1886–1922), Heinrich Campendonk (German, 1889–1957), Lovis Corinth (German, 1858–1925), August Gaul (German, 1869–1921), Ernst Barlach (German, 1870–1938), George Grosz (American, born Germany. 1893–1959), Max Unold (German, 1885–1964), Käthe Kollwitz (German, 1867–1945), Alfred Kubin (Austrian, 1877–1959), Max Liebermann (German, 1847–1935), Ludwig Meidner (German, 1884–1966), Otto Mueller (German, 1874–1930), Max Pechstein (German, 1881–1955), Adolf Ferdinand Schinnerer (German, 1876–1949), Karl Schmidt-Rottluff (German, 1884–1976), Richard Seewald (German, 1889–1976), Rudolf Grossmann (German, 1882–1941), Lyonel Feininger (American, 1871–1956)

The Illustrated Book

Deutsche Graphiker der Gegenwart (German Printmakers of Our Time)

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Date:
1920
Medium:
Illustrated book with fifteen lithographs, eight woodcuts, eight reproductions and one lithographed cover
Dimensions:
page (each approx.): 12 3/4 x 9 9/16" (32.4 x 24.3 cm); overall: 13 x 9 5/8 x 13/16" (33 x 24.5 x 2 cm)
Paper:
Cream, smooth, wove.
Publisher:
Klinkhardt & Biermann, Leipzig
Printer of Plates:
unknown
Printer of Text:
Julius Klinkhardt Buchdruckerei, Leipzig
Edition:
600 (including deluxe edition of 100, numbered 1-100, with a drypoint by Max Beckmann; and a regular edition of 500 [this ex.])
Credit Line:
Purchase
Reference:
Söhn 108.
MoMA Number:
2.1942.1-24
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