Max Liebermann

1847, Berlin1935, Berlin

"Making the invisible visible is what we call art. (M.L., 1922)

Starting from the naturalism of his early work, painted in dark earth tones, Max Liebermann, after seeing the French Impressionists, developed paintings with sketchy brushstrokes, strong colours and typical Impressionist light points, which can also be found in his late Wannsee paintings. From 1909 Alfred Lichtwark created a garden for his lakeside property in Berlin, which he used as a motif and in which he created some of his most beautiful works. Here his style became freer, his application of colour almost expressionistic. He contrasts the strict forms of the geometric borders and beds with a shimmering, light-flooded play of colours. For him it is the composition, the light, the colour and its application that determine the work. As president of the Berlin Secession and the Prussian Academy of Fine Arts, he exerted great influence on the development of art towards classical modernism.

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