This charming etching by the German painter and graphic artist Max Liebermann (1847-1935) shows his loved granddaughter Maria, standing at a table. The girl seems to write something and is so absorbed by her activity that she is not noticing the spectator. This etching might have been a made at the time as an oil painting of the same subject matter, which is today in the Museum of Art in Schwerin.
The sheet shows age-related signs of wear like browning and foxing of the paper. A watermark of ca. 3 cm length runs vertically along the right part of the paper. The work is signed in pencil on the lower right ‘Max Liebermann’, as well as numbered on the lower left ‘52/100’. The sheet is mounted in a cream coloured matte, and light grey wooden frame. The size of the plate is 30 x 23 cm, the sheet measures 44 x 32 cm, and the total dimensions including the frame are 46 x 34 cm.
Max Liebermann (1847-1935)
The Berlin painter and graphic artist Max Liebermann (1847-1935) is one of the most important representatives of the German Impressionism. He worked as the president of the Berlin Secession, and was the head of the Prussian Academy of Fine Arts from 1920 to 1933, from which he resigned after the takeover of the National Socialists. Liebermann’s early works are characterized by a naturalistic style and a socially critical approach. His main work, however, has been influenced by the French impressionists since 1880. Liebermann’s work symbolizes the transition to modernism, which the painter promoted through his work for the Berlin Secession.