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Max Liebermann - German Artist From Art History

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Max Liebermann german artist
Self-portrait, 1934

Historical Artist - Max Liebermann (1847 - 1935)

Max Liebermann was born in Berlin, the son of a Jewish businessman. Max Liebermann first studied law and philosophy, but later studied painting and drawing in Weimar in 1869, in Paris in 1872, and in Holland in 1876-77. Max Liebermann returned to Germany in 1878 and continued painting in the Impressionist style, founding the movement in his native country. In 1899, he helped found the Berlin Secession. He was a very influential figure in German art and was the dominant figure until the emergence of avant-garde art.

Max Liebermann became an exponent of German Impressionism and used his inherited wealth to assemble an impressive collection of French Impressionist works. He later chose scenes of the bourgeoisie, as well as aspects of his garden near Lake Wannsee, as motifs for his paintings. In Berlin, he became a famous painter of portraits; his work is especially close in spirit to Edouard Manet.

From 1899 to 1911 Max Liebermann led the premier avant-garde formation in Germany, the Berliner Secession. Beginning in 1920 he was president of the Prussian academy of arts. In 1933 Max Liebermann resigned when the academy decided to no longer exhibit works by Jewish artists.

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