ARTISTS / Modern art
Max Liebermann

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1847born in Berlin
1869studies at the Weimar Academy of Art
1873Moved to Paris and Barbizon; artistic influences by Jean-François Millet (1814-1875) and Old Dutch art, especially Frans Hals (between 1580 u. 85-1666)
1874-1914Annual summer trips to Holland
1878Moves to Munich; contact with the circle of artists around Wilhelm Leibl (1844-1900). Liebermann's intense preoccupation with the motifs of simple craftsmen and peasants, which he had come to know in Holland, earns him a reputation as a "poor man's painter".
1884Return to Berlin
1889Participates in the Paris World's Fair, dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the French Revolution; the Prussian government forbids Liebermann to accept the title of Knight of the French Legion of Honor for political reasons
1897Professor of the Royal Academy of Arts in Berlin
1898President of the newly founded Berlin Secession (with Lovis Corinth and Max Slevogt he forms the triumvirate of the so-called German Impressionism). At this time Liebermann's motifs and painting style changed: his palette brightened, his colors became more luminous. The artist turns to motifs of the bourgeois beach and leisure.
1920-1932President of the Prussian Academy of Arts
1927Honorary citizen of the city of Berlin
1933Resigned as honorary president of the Academy of Arts because the section for fine arts had decided to no longer exhibit pictures by Jewish artists
1935died in Berlin
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