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This was one of the first pictures Corinth painted after suffering a stroke during a holiday on the Italian Riviera. It is fascinating for the immediacy of the angled, low view point the artist has chosen despite the way that this distorts the features. The rose-decorated hat takes up the movement of the head and the eyes and sends it out elliptically beyond the picture edges. The expressive brush work that seems to skim over the physicality of the décolleté is at its most powerful around the woman’s eyes. With its inherent light, the color in this work creates a feeling of vitality that banishes any threat of darkness.

Details

  • Title: Woman in Hat with Roses
  • Creator: Lovis Corinth
  • Date Created: 1912
  • Physical Dimensions: w50.0 x h60.0 cm
  • Type: Painting
  • Technique and material: Oil on canvas
  • Inv.-No.: A II 1033
  • ISIL-No.: DE-MUS-815114
  • External link: Alte Nationalgalerie, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin
  • Copyrights: Text: © Prestel Verlag / Alte Nationalgalerie, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Photo: © b p k - Photo Agency / Alte Nationalgalerie, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Reinhard Saczewski
  • Collection: Nationalgalerie, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin - Acquired 1952
  • Artist biography: Lovis Corinth was a German painter and printmaker. In 1880 he began studying at the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich, where he was influenced by Courbet and the Barbizon School. In 1884 he spent three months in Antwerp where he served as an apprentice to Paul Eugène Gorge. Afterwards he travelled to Paris and studied under William-Adolphe Bouguereau. In 1891 he returned to Germany and joined the group of progressive artists known as the Berlin Secession, finally moving to the city in 1901, where he had a one-man exhibition at a gallery owned by Paul Cassirer. To view the artworks of his favourite Dutch masters he made a journey to the Netherlands in 1925 during which he died. His early works were naturalistic in approach. Later, his use of colour became more vivid, and he created several (self-) portraits and landscapes of extraordinary vitality and power. His subject matter included nudes and biblical scenes. His mature artworks are seen as a fusion of Impressionism and Expressionism. Apart from paintings, he also created etchings from 1891 on, executing his first lithograph in 1894. Under the National Socialists, 295 of his works were confiscated as ‘degenerate art’. Among his famous compositions is 'Self-portrait with Skeleton' (1896).
  • Artist Place of Death: Zandvoort, Netherlands
  • Artist Place of Birth: Tapiau, East Prussia
  • Artist Dates: 1858-07-21/1925-07-17

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