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Lovis Corinth (German, 1859-1925)

German Expressionism: Survey I / Survey II / Survey III

"Käthe Kollwitz and German Expressionism" featured over fifty works by Käthe Kollwitz plus additional works by Josef Albers,
Ernst Barlach, Rudolf Bauer, Max Beckmann, Peter Behrens, Heinrich Campendonck, Marc Chagall, Lovis Corinth, Otto Dix,
Lyonel Feininger, Conrad Felixmuller, Hans Fronius, Alfons Graber, Otto Greiner, Georg Grosz, Erich Heckel, Hannah Hoch,
Karl Hofer, Wassily Kandinsky, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Paul Klee, Oskar Kokoschka, Ludwig Meidner, Edvard Munch,
Gabrielle Munter, Heinrich Nauen, Emile Nolde, Max Pechstein, Hilla von Rebay, Georges Rouault, Rudolf Schlichter,
Karl Schmidt-Rottluff, Siegfried Schott, Georg Tappert, Wilhelm Wagner, and others.

German Expressionist Drawings

The Russians: Chagall, Sonia Delaunay, Goncharova, Larionov, and Malevich
One of the most important German Impressionist painters, Lovis Corinth gradually became more and more expressionist in his art early in the second decade of the 20th century. Originally fiercly hostile to expressionism, he underwent a major transformation, perhaps reflected in the brooding quality of his work, and was welcomed by the German Expressionists. After Hitler came to power, his works were posthumously declared decadent and they were exhibited with the other German Expressionists declared morally unfit by the Nazis and burnt in the Nazi bonfires. Corinth's works have been shown frequently in American and European museums and galleries since the end of World War II.

Select Bibliography: Basel. Kunsthalle. Lovis Corinth, 1858-1925 (Basel, 1958); Dr. Julius S. Held, Lovis Corinth, 1858-1925, Retrospective Exhibition 1950-51 (Boston: Institute of Contemporary Art, 1950); Los Angeles County Museum, Prints By Lovis Corinth From The Collection Of Mr. And Mrs. Sigbert H. Marcy, A Loan Exhibition, March 9 - April 8, 1956 (Los Angeles: Los Angeles County Museum, 1956); Heinrich Müller, Die Spate Graphik von Lovis Corinth (Hamburg: Lichtwarkstiftung Hamburg 1960); National Academy of Design, Lovis Corinth, 1858-1925, Prints, Drawings, Watercolors from the family collection (NY: National Academy of Design, 1992); William D. Paul, Jr. Lovis Corinth, 1858-1925, An Exhibition of Paintings, Drawings and Prints (Kansas City: Art Institute & School of Design, 1964); Peter-Klaus Schuster, Chrisoph Vitali, & Barbara Butts, ed., Lovis Corinth (NY: Prestel, 1996); Karl Schwarz, Das graphische Werk von Lovis Corinth (Berlin: Fritz Gurlitt, 1917).
The Artist's Wife (Schwartz 36). Original drypoint and aquatint on japon paper, 1909. Signed with the monogram top left. One of c. 50 signed impressions. Published by Paul Cassirer, from whose family this impression comes. Some handling creases on the left side, which are easily fixed (and will be at our expense after purchase). Image size: 179x118mm. Price: $3500.
Woman with a cat (Schwartz 109). Original drypoint, 1912. One of c. 50 signed impressions of this important transitional work, ours is annotated in pencil below the lower left corner of the etching "IV," perhaps signifying that this is a trial proof on vellum before the edition. A superb impression with rich detail in the dark areas; diagonal crease running from the left margin to blank area underneath the figure seen from the rear next to the seated woman. Image size: 220x160mm. Price: $3750.
Woman resting. Original lithograph, c. 1910. c. 50 pencil-signed impressions, of which ours is n. 39. Image size: 270x460mm. Price: $3750.
Weiblicher Akt / Reclining Nude (Schwarz 244). Original drypoint, 1916. 60 unsigned impressions for the deluxe version of the 1917 Corinth print catalogue raisonné. There are also five signed impressions on thin Japon paper. Signed and dated in the plate upper left. Image size: 112x171mm. Price: $1500.
Mann mit Helm und weibliche / Man with helmet and nude (Schwarz 44). Original drypoint, 1910. c. 50 signed impressions. Image size: 202x115mm. Price: $3600.
Frauenraub IV / Rape IV (Schwartz 176). Original etching, 1914. 25 signed and numbered impressions on Van Gelder paper, of which ours is n. 3/25. Image size: 250x200mm. Price: $3000.
Der Ritter / The Knight. Original etching, 1921-22. Edition unknown. Under the image there is the printed text, "Der Ritter." A very fresh, strong impression of this self-portrait as a knight. Image size: 147x101mm. Price: $1250.
Perseus and Andromeda after Rubens (Schwartz 351 XII.ii) Original drypoint, 1919. 150 signed impressions on tan paper. A very rich impression with burr. Corinth was attracted to interactions between armed men and naked women (here, the hero Perseus rescuing Andromeda from a sea monster while a pair of Cupids fly overhead, implying a certain romantic interest) as well as armed women and naked men. He also depicted the stories of "Judith and Holofernes" and "Susannah and the Elders." Lower right corner missing (3 inches from the platemark. Signed in the plate, "nach Rubens" (after Rubens). Image size: 355x224mm. Price: $3250.
Self-Portrait. Original lithograph, 1916. 75 signed and numbered impressions for the deluxe version of the 1917 Corinth print catalogue raisonné. Corinth was one of the most important precursors of German Expressionist art and later an important practioner. Image size: 182x122mm. Price: $3000.
Self-Portrait (Shwartz L. 325). Original lithograph, 1918. c. 1000 impressions signed in the stone for Fritz Gurlitt's Almanach auf das Jahr 1919 (Berlin: 1919), an annual review of German Expressionist art published from 1919 to 1921. Signed and dated in the stone. Image size: 158x106mm. Price: $1000.
Landscape, Original etching, c. 1916. 60 unsigned impressions for the deluxe edition of the 1917 Corinth print catalogue raisonné. Image size: 101x178mm. Price: $1250.
Flowers, Original color lithograph. 60 unsigned impressions for the deluxe edition of the 1917 Corinth print catalogue raisonné. Image size: 123x107mm. Price: $1000.

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