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Lovis Corinth
German, 1858–1925



Object Type: Print
Creation Place: Northern Europe, German
9 5/8 in. x 7 3/8 in. (24.45 cm x 18.73 cm)
Medium and Support: Drypoint on paper
Accession Number: 1995.0002.0002

Credit Line: Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts Association Purchase

Lovis Corinth was a German artist of the turn-of-the-20th-century, who has been long neglected internationally. His dramatic paintings and dark, moody graphics place him in a no-man's land between the 19th-century academic tradition and the early 20th-century Expressionists. The quality of his work has sustained a faithful following for him in Germany.

Corinth's prints make up a large portion of his oeuvre; nine hundred and eighteen have been catalogued. His friend, Hermann Struck, encouraged his printmaking, which resulted in Corinth producing prints at an increasing pace from 1908, until he was making over one hundred a year by the early 1920s. He favored drypoint over etching, but he chose lithography as the technique for book illustrations.
Stylistic changes came after the artist suffered a stroke that left him partially paralyzed and caused his hand to tremble for the rest of his life. Dealing with this handicap led to an emotional struggle questioning how to persist as an artist. His subjects became grounded in the brutal honesty of emotions.

This work is one of the 20 signed examples on Butten paper, printed by Verlag Fritz Gurlitt, Berlin, for the deluxe edition of Corinth's, Gesammelt Schriften (Collected Writings).

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