Lovis Corinth (1858-1925, German)

Self-portrait with Skeleton, 1896, oil on canvas, Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus

Self-portrait with Skeleton, 1896, oil on canvas, Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus

Lovis Corinth (1858-1925, German) as a painter and print-maker was able to mix both impressionism and expressionism in his works.

Corinth showed artistic talent as a child and started studying painting in 1876 at an academy in Königsberg.  Important influences in his early career were Courbet, Rubens and the Barbizon school.

In 1900, Corinth moved to Berlin after having lived in Paris and Munich. There he established a painting school for women and met his future wife. Besides being a painter, Corinth also wrote numerous essays on art history. In 1911, Corinth had a stroke but his disability did not stop him from producing wonderful landscapes of Walchensee in Bavaria where he owned a home. It was there that he produced many of his paintings and sketches of cats.

Prior to the Nazis’ rise to power and WWII, Corinth’s work was honored and even exhibited in Berlin. However, during the Third Reich, his work was proclaimed degenerate and confiscated.



Lovis Corinth Wilhelmine mit Katze. 1924

Wilhelmine mit Katze, 1924




Lovis Corinth, Tyrolian Woman with Cat

Tyrolian Woman with Cat



Lovis Corinth, 1858 -1925 Junge Frau mit Katzen

Junge Frau mit Katzen




Frau mit Katze und Tiroler Bub, 1911, Lovis Corinth

Frau mit Katze und Tiroler Bub, 1911




Lovis Corinth Hände mit Katze

Hände mit Katze




Lovis Corinth, Cat Sketch 1

Lovis Corinth, Cat Sketch




Lovis Corinth, Cat





Lovis Corinth, Die Corinther

Die Corinther



Lovis Corinth, Katze auf Baumsrunk, 1920

Katze auf Baumsrunk, 1920




Lovis Corinth, The Prophet's Cat, 1919

The Prophet’s Cat, 1919


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