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The only Austrian Impressionist: Theodor von Hörmann
Impressionism reached across the whole world, as far as Japan and Australia, but I can’t think of many Austrian Impressionists. One of the few – perhaps the only one – was Theodor von Hörmann von Hörbach (1840–1895). He didn’t paint seriously until quite late in life: he served his... Read more
The perfect landscapes of Emilie Mediz-Pelikan
Some landscape artists created truly wonderful paintings which have now been all but forgotten. Today, I will look at the few works that I can find by the Austrian Emilie Mediz-Pelikan (1861–1908). Tomorrow I will look at a slightly earlier landscape painter from Austria, Theodor Hörmann von Hörbach, and... Read more
Beyond the French Impressionists: 9 Germany, Blechen, Liebermann, Corinth, Slevogt
German Impressionism The main group of German impressionist painters followed the French Impressionists, with Liebermann and Slevogt continuing to use the style well into the twentieth century. However there is one painter who appears to have anticipated many impressionist elements when Constable and Turner were active in Britain: Carl... Read more
Into the Light: Friedrich Eckenfelder on the farm
Relatively little has been written about painting in Germany during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Far from being stolid or backward, it saw as much change as that in France, and its cities enjoyed lively and innovative arts scenes. Among its many painters was Friedrich Eckenfelder (1861-1938),... Read more
Changing Times: Lovis Corinth, 1891-1897
By 1890, Lovis Corinth was financially independent, had his own studio in Königsberg, the city near his home village, and was starting to become a successful artist. His Pietà (1889, tragically destroyed in 1945) received an honourable mention at the Paris Salon of 1890; encouraged by that and the... Read more
Changing Times: Lovis Corinth, 1898-1900
Lovis Corinth didn’t just spend his time in Munich drinking red wine and champagne, but experimented in his painting and evolved his mature style. In 1897, he moved studio within Munich, and started to make increasingly frequent visits to Berlin, where he was able to obtain lucrative commissions for... Read more
Changing Times: Lovis Corinth, 1901-1904
With the success of his painting of Salome, and his move to Berlin, Lovis Corinth was reaching the peak of his career. He relished his new-found reputation as ‘the painter of flesh’, and was now at the centre of Germany’s vibrant city of modern arts. In 1902, he opened... Read more
Changing Times: Lovis Corinth, 1905-1909
Since Corinth had joined the Berlin Secession in 1901, and two years later married Charlotte Berend, his career had not looked back. Although early family and social life had reduced the number of paintings he produced, their quality remained consistently high, and he was living up to his reputation... Read more
Changing Times: Lovis Corinth, 1909-1911
Just before the outbreak of the First World War, Lovis Corinth was at the peak of his career, and with his wife Charlotte and their two young children, was enjoying everything that Berlin had to offer. He had also worked hard: by the end of 1911, he had painted... Read more
Changing Times: Lovis Corinth, self-portraits and 1912
In December 1911, when he was 53 and at the peak of his career, Lovis Corinth suffered a major stroke. When he regained consciousness, he did not even recognise his wife Charlotte, and his left arm and leg were paralysed. As he had painted his entire professional career with... Read more