About This Artwork

Ludwig Meidner
German, 1884–1966

Max Herrmann-Neisse, 1913

Oil on canvas
35 1/4 x 29 3/4 in. (89.5 x 75.6 cm)
Signed, u.l.: "L Meidner/ Jan 1913"

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Harold X. Weinstein, 1959.215

Exhibition, Publication and Ownership Histories

Exhibition History

New York, World House Galleries, The Richard L. Feigen Collection: A Selection of Paintings, Sculptures, Drawings, September 18–November 2, 1957, no. 17, as Portrait of Neisse.

Chicago, Richard L. Feigen & Company, Masterpieces of Twentieth Century German Art, April 14–June 7, 1958, no. 16, as Bildnis Max Herrmann-Neisse.

Recklinghausen, Germany, Kunsthalle, Ludwig Meidner, October 27–December 8, 1963, no. 18; traveled to Berlin, Haus am Waldsee, December 14, 1963–January 26, 1964, and Darmstadt, Kunsthalle, February 15–March 28, 1964, as Porträt des Schriftstellers Max Hermann-Neisse.

South Bend, University of Notre Dame Art Gallery, German Expressionists, December 7, 1969–February 15, 1970, no. 71.

New York, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Expressionism: A German Intuition, November 14, 1980–January 18, 1981, no.301; traveled to San Francisco, Museum of Modern Art, February 19–April 26, 1981, as Portrait of Herman-Neisse.

Berlin, Berlinische Galerie, Martin Gropius Bau, Ich und die Stadt, August 15–November 22, 1987, no. 133.

Darmstadt, Matildenhöhe, Ludwig Meidner. Zeichner, Maler, Literat 1884-1966, September 15–December 1, 1991, as Bildnis Max Herrmann-Neiße.

Bielefeld, Kunsthalle Bielefeld, O Mensch! Das Bildnis des Expressionismus, November 29, 1992–February 14, 1993, no. 110, as Portrait Max Herrmann-Neisse.

Berlin, Neue Nationalgalerie, George Grosz: Berlin–New York, December 21, 1994–April 17, 1995, no. 25; travelled to Düsseldorf, Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, May 6–July 30, 1995, as Portrait Max Herrmann-Neisse.

Publication History

Ludwig Meidner, “Dankgebet, daß ich lebe,” Das Kunstblatt (1918), pp. 297–301 (ill.).

Lothar Brieger, “Ludwig Meidner,” Junge Kunst 4 (Leipzig, 1919) p. 25 (ill.), as Bildnis Herm. Neiße.

Kunsthalle Recklinghausen, Ludwig Meidner (Recklinghausen, 1963).

Thomas Grochowiak, Ludwig Meidner (Recklinghausen, 1966).

Ludwig Kunz, Ludwig Meidner: Dichter, Maler und Cafés (Zurich, 1973).
V. H. Miesel, Ludwig Meidner, an Expressionist Master: Drawings and Prints from the D. Thomas Bergen Collection (Ann Arbor, 1978).

Solomon Guggenheim Foundation, Expressionism: A German Intuition 1905-1920 (New York, 1980), p. 274 (ill.).

Berlinische Galerie, Ich und die Stadt (Berlin, 1987), p. 291 (ill.).

Gerda Breuer and Ines Wagemann, Ludwig Meidner. Zeichner, Maler, Literat 1884-1966, vol. 1 (Stuttgart, 1991), p. 71 (ill).

Gerda Beuer, Ludwig Meidner. Zeichner, Maler, Literat 1884-1966, vol. 2 (Stuttgart, 1991), p. 207 (ill.).

Jutta Hülsewig-Johnen, ed., O Mensch! Das Bildnis des Expressionismus (Bielefeld, 1993), p. 229 (ill.).

Peter-Klaus Schuster, ed., George Grosz: Berlin–New York (Berlin, 1995), p. 65 (ill.).

Horst Richter, Geschichte der Malerei im 20. Jahrhundert: Stile und Künstler (Cologne, 1998), p. 34 (ill), as Porträt Herrmann Neisse, 1920.

Maria Makela, “‘A Clear and Simple Style’: Tradition and Typology in New Objectivity,” Art Institute of Chicago Museum Studies 28, 1 (2002), pp. 38-51, fig. 7.

Ownership History

J. B. Neumann, Berlin, acquired directly from the artist July 1, 1916 [diary entry by Meidner with inventory list published in Kunz 1973]. Hugo Simon Collection, Zehlendorf, by 1918–September 1957 [Kunstblatt 1918 and documents in curatorial file]. Richard L. Feigen & Co., Chicago, by September 1957 [letter April 12, 2001 from Richard Feigen in curatorial file and New York 1957]; sold to Mr. and Mrs. Harold X. Weinstein, Chicago, 1959; given to the Art Institute, 1959.

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