Self Portrait, 1919

 

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Lovis Corinth (1856-1925) drypoint, Self Portrait, 1919, signed in pencil [also annotated and dated in the plate], numbered 10 in pencil verso. Reference: Schwarz 380 I, edition of 100, published by Seemann, Leipzig, from Bei den Corinthern. In very good condition, the full sheet with deckle edges, 12 3/4 x 9 5/8, the sheet 17 1/2 x 14 1/8 inches.

Printed in black ink on a laid paper with a Britania watermark.

A very fine, strong, impression, with the drypoint burr extremely vivid.

Corinth was one of the early German Expressionists (he participated in the first exhibit of the Berlin Secessionists in 1899). In the first decade of the 20th Century Corinth was regarded as the foremost German “impressionist” after Liebermann. After a stroke in 1911, his work became more expressionistic; here his expression is tentative but his artistic approach is completely confident, and it is work such as this portrait and that of his later years (branded as “degenerate” by the Nazis) for which he is most appreciated today.