Lovis Corinth

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"Lovis Corinth (21 July 1858 – 17 July 1925); German painter and printmaker whose mature work realized a synthesis of impressionism and expressionism.

Corinth studied in Paris and Munich, joined the Berlin Secession group, later succeeding Max Liebermann as the group's president. His early work was naturalistic in approach. Corinth was initially antagonistic towards the expressionist movement, but after a stroke in 1911 his style loosened and took on many expressionistic qualities. His use of color became more vibrant, and he created portraits and landscapes of extraordinary vitality and power. Corinth's subject matter also included nudes and biblical scenes.

In Dec. 1911, he suffered a stroke, and was partially paralyzed on his left side. Thereafter he walked with a limp, and his hands displayed a chronic tremor. With the help of his wife, within a year he was painting again with his right hand. His disability inspired in the artist an intense interest in the simple, intimate things of daily life. In the summer of 1919, for example, he produced a cycle of casual etchings of his family in their country home. It was also at this time that landscapes became a significant part of his oeuvre.

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Corinth explored every print technique except aquatint; he favored drypoint and lithography. He created his first etching in 1891 and his first lithograph in 1894. He experimented with the woodcut medium but made only 12 woodcuts, all of them between 1919–24. He was quite prolific, and in the last 15 years of his life he produced more than 900 graphic works, including 60 self portraits. The landscapes he created between 1919-25 are perhaps the most desirable images of his entire graphic oeuvre. He painted numerous self portraits, and made a habit of painting one every year on his birthday as a means of self-examination. In many of his self portraits he assumed guises such as an armored knight (The Victor) or Samson... (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lovis_Corinth)
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