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Max Slevogt was born in 1868 in Landshut, Germany, and died in 1932 in Neukastel. After studying art at the Munich Academy and in Paris at the Académie Julian, he moved to Berlin and became involved with the Berlin Secession, meeting Corinth and…
Visions - Title Page
Slevogt was commissioned as a war artist, but, instead of producing a folio of morale raising propaganda, he produced a universal condemnation of war after returning from the front, which was condemned and censored by the authorities. He produced a…
Visions Plate 12: The Great Allies (Three Warlike Nations in Prayer)
Plate 12 from ‘Visions’, 1916-17. The view through an open doorway reveals warlike nations in prayer, yet in fact enemies. Various costumes represent the different countries present. Above the bowed, kneeling figures is a bank of clouds upon which…
Visions Plate 13: Pegasus Forced into Military Service
Plate 13 from ‘Visions’, 1916-17. In this powerful image, Slevogt depicts the mythical winged horse Pegasus stripped of its heroic status and power. The same creature that Perseus rode to rescue Andromeda is now wretched, its proud head hung low…
Visions Plate 14: Shellfire
Plate 14 from ‘Visions’, 1916-17. Black humour surfaces in this darkly comical image. Several skeletal figures representing death scream past each other from opposite directions, riding artillery shells and shrieking with glee as they fly toward…
Pathways to Expressionism - Secession
In 1892 a group of young artists, including Corinth formed the Munich Secession, a breakaway group opposed to rigid academic domination of the arts. In Berlin in the same year, Max Liebermann and Ludwig von Hoffmann (1861-1941), founded Gruppe XI,…
Max Beckmann (1884-1950) was born in Leipzig and studied at the Weimar Academy before he moved to Berlin in 1905, where he joined the “Berlin Sezession” in 1907 and met Liebermann, Corinth and Slevogt. During the Berlin period, he founded the…
Lovis Corinth was born 21 July 1858 in Tapiau, Germany and died 17 July 1925 in Zandvoort, the Netherlands. Corinth moved to Munich in 1891, joined the Munich Secession a year later, and in 1893 became one of the founders of the Free Artists…
From a Modern Dance of Death
War is depicted as a massive giant poised above a mountain of skeletons, ending life with a sledgehammer blow. Barlach’s title looks back to the medieval theme ‘A Dance of Death’ in which living and dead both join a procession or dance, portraying…
Page from Der Bildermann 1, No. 1 (1916), verso Symbole der Zeit I by Max Slevogt. Printed by Paul Cassirer.