Max Liebermann

Berlin 1847-1935

Liebermann was a Jewish German artist of great importance. He studied philosophy and art in Berlin, art in Weimar and Paris where he lived until 1878. He then moved to Munich until 1884 when he and his family returned to Berlin.

In 1889 Liebermann organises a non-official participation of German artists at the Paris World Exhibition (because the Kaiser did not allow an official participation).

Liebermann participated at one of the Paris “Salons” and adopts a French style of painting. He publishes a study of the Edgar Degas’ work in the Journal Pan.

In 1898 he becomes Professor of the Royal Academy of Art in Berlin, where he has a solo Exhibition.

He is a member of the committee for the “Great Berlin Art Exhibition” in 1898 and recommends Kaethe Kollwitz and Walter Leistkow. He recommendation is rejected by the Kaiser.

Liebermann then founds and independent Art Association, the Berlin Secession.

Liebermann exhibits in the most prestigious museums and is elected President of Honour of the Prussian Academy of Arts in 1932.

1933 Liebermann is prohibited to work by the Nazis and publicly renounces his Presidency at the Academy of Arts.

Liebermann dies in Berlin in 1935.

Liebermann was a German artist of great importance and influence. His work is exhibited in Germany and internationally.


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