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Lovis Corinth

1858 - 1925

Lovis Corinth was a German artist and writer whose mature work as a painter and printmaker realised 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 colour became more vibrant, and he created portraits and landscapes of extraordinary vitality and power. Corinth's subject matter also included nudes and biblical scenes.