Corinth, Lovis

Corinth, Lovis

(lō`vēs kô`rĭnt), 1858–1925, German painter and graphic artist. He studied in Paris and Munich, joined the Berlin secession group (see secessionsecession,
in art, any of several associations of progressive artists, especially those in Munich, Berlin, and Vienna, who withdrew from the established academic societies or exhibitions. The artists of Munich formed a secession in 1892 that spread to other German cities.
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, in art), and later succeeded Max LiebermannLiebermann, Max
, 1847–1935, German genre painter and etcher. He went to Paris in 1873, where he was impressed by the Barbizon school of painters. In Holland he was influenced by Frans Hals and Jozef Israëls.
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 as president. His early work was naturalistic in approach. Corinth was antagonistic toward the expressionist movement (see expressionismexpressionism,
term used to describe works of art and literature in which the representation of reality is distorted to communicate an inner vision. The expressionist transforms nature rather than imitates it.
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), although after a stroke in 1911 his style loosened and took on many expressionistic qualities. His colors became more vibrant, and he created portraits and landscapes of extraordinary vitality and power. A self-portrait is in the Museum of Modern Art, New York City.


See biography by Horst Uhr (1990); catalog by the New York Gallery of Modern Art (1964); P.-K. Schuster, ed., Lovis Corinth (1996); A. Husslein-Arco and S. Koja, ed., Lovis Corinth: A Feast of Painting (2010).

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Corinth, Lovis


Born July 21, 1858, in Tapiau, in East Prussia, present-day Gvardeisk, Kaliningrad Oblast, RSFSR; died July 17, 1925, in Zandvoort, Holland. German painter and graphic artist.

Corinth studied at the Konigsberg Academy of Arts from 1876 to 1880 and at the Munich Academy of Arts from 1880 to 1884. He also attended the Julian Academy in Paris from 1884 to 1887. Corinth used impressionist devices in his paintings. His later work was more expressionist in manner. Corinth’s pictures have religious and mythological themes, for example, Bathsheba (1908, Picture Gallery, Dresden); these works frequently express a heightened sense of drama and a vulgar, sensual level of emotionality. Among Corinth’s works are portraits, including many self-portraits and nudes (The Reclining Nude, 1899, Kunsthalle, Bremen), landscapes, and still lifes.


Gesammelte Schriften. Berlin 1920.
Selbstbiographie. Berlin, 1926.


Berend-Corinth, C., and K. Rothel. Die Gemalde von Lovis Corinth. Munich, 1958.
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