well-tempered, charming cabinet pieces
The exhibition brings together around seventy paintings, drawings and sculptures from the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. They trace a stylistic arc from naturalism via impressionism to expressionism. Thanks to a variety of artistic personalities and handwritings, the theme of 'figure and landscape' becomes remarkably multifaceted.
At the centre are the paintings of Max Liebermann, including motifs from his time in Holland around 1880 and late pictures of his Wannsee garden from the 1920s. These canvases are complemented by groups of work by Adolph Menzel, Lovis Corinth, Christian Rohlfs, Paula Modersohn-Becker, Käthe Kollwitz and Gabriele Münter. The Hamburg art scene at the turn of the century is represented with paintings by Thomas Herbst, Ernst Eitner, Otto Illies, Franz Nölken, Gretchen Wohlwill and Ivo Hauptmann.
The Hamburg art scene at the turn of the century is represented with paintings by Thomas Herbst, Ernst Eitner, Otto Illies, Franz Nölken, Gretchen Wohlwill and Ivo Hauptmann. There are appealing additions from Wilhelm Busch, Erich Heckel, Renée Sintenis, Albert Marquet and Carl Hofer. All the works come from a private collection in Hamburg that has been built up since the 1960s. The well-tempered cabinet pieces have both charm and character.
The exhibition is accompanied by a richy illustrated catalogue (144 pages, German, hardcover).