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Max Liebermann

November 1, 2010

Berlin, Germany, 1847 – Berlin, Germany, 1935
“I cannot eat as much as I would like to vomit” -Max Lieberman (In response to the Nazis celebrating their victory by marching through the Brandenburg Gate.)

The son of a Jewish businessman from Berlin, Liebermann studied painting and drawing in Weimar, Paris and the Netherlands. During the Franco-Prussian War, Liebermann served as a medic. He used his own inherited wealth to assemble an impressive collection of French Impressionist works. In Berlin, he became a famous portrait painter but he is most well-known for his etchings and lithography. From 1920 – 1933 he was president of the Prussian Academy of Arts where he resigned when the academy decided to no longer exhibit works by Jewish artists.

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