Kunstmuseum Basel - Museum für Gegenwartskunst

25.09.2010 – 06.02.2011

Lovis Corinth. Prints

Curator: Christian Müller

 

 

Lovis Corinth (born 1858 in Tapiau, East Prussia, died 1925 in Zandvoort, Netherlands) initially trained as a painter at the Königsberg Academy of Arts, but it was not until he transferred to the Art Academy in Munich that he met artists who gave priority to painting after nature. Landscapes, figures, especially the portrait, and also nudes became his preferred genres. Although Corinth is held to be a key representative of German Impressionism, his subject matter and painting style as well as his characteristically dynamic and accentuated contours show an affinity with Expressionism. Like the Expressionists, Corinth always sought immediacy in art, as demonstrated in his preference for etchings and the fact that he drew directly on the stone block when making lithographs. The exhibition presents works selected from a collection of over 200 prints by the artist, bequeathed to the museum in 2009.