Liebermann, Max

BORN 20 Jul 1847, Berlin - DIED 8 Feb 1935, Berlin: Pariser Platz 7
GRAVE LOCATION Berlin: Jüdischer Friedhof in Prenzlauer Berg, Schönhauser Allee 23-25 (Feld E (Ehrengrab))

German expressionist artist. He was born into a Jewish family of merchants. From 1869 to 1872 he studied at the Kunstschule in Weimar. Subsequently he travelled to Paris and Holland and in 1878 he moved to Munich. In 1884 he returned to Berlin and married Martha Marckwald.

Initially he painted simple folks, in later years elegant citizens. He turned into one of the most wanted portraitists of his time.

In 1897 he became professor at the Academy of Art in Berlin and in 1898 President of the Berlin Secession (he was succeeded there by Lovis Corinth in 1911). In 1920 Liebermann became President of the Academy of Art. In 1927 he painted the portrait of Hindenburg. He was very influencial, but obstructed by the Nazi's who stopped him from working after they came to power in 1933. He left the Academy after it decided to exhibit no more paintings by Jewish artists.

He died in 1935 and his funeral on 12 Feb 1935 was attended by the artists Hans Purmann, Georg Kolbe and Käthe Kollwitz. Only a few non-Jewish people were present.

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The grave of Max Liebermann at the Jewish Cemetery, Schönhauser Allee, Berlin.
Picture by Androom (22 Jan 2004)


The graves of Max Liebermann and his family at the Jewish Cemetery, Schönhauser Allee, Berlin.
Picture by Androom (22 Jan 2004)


   (1916, Hannover: Niedersächsisches Landesmuseum)

Schilderkunst van A tot Z, REBO, Lisse, 1990
LeMO Biografie - Biografie Max Liebermann
Jüdische Galerie Max Liebermann

Liebig, Justus, Freiherr von

Published: 1 Jan 2006
Last update: 30 Jun 2013