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Max Herrmann-Neisse

A work made of oil on canvas.

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  • A work made of oil on canvas.

Date:

1913

Artist:

Ludwig Meidner
German, 1884–1966

About this artwork

Though perhaps best known for his visionary, apocalyptic landscapes, Ludwig Meidner, like many German Expressionists, used portraiture to explore the inner emotional life of his subjects. “Do not be afraid of the face of a human being,” Meidner once said. “Don’t let your pen stop until the soul of that one opposite you is wedded to yours in a covenant of pathos.” In addition to making self-portraits, Meidner painted many of Berlin’s literati, including the Expressionist poet and theater critic Max Herrmann-Neisse. The artist used the thick paint, energetic brushwork, and distorted form characteristic of Expressionist painting to communicate his subject’s inner vitality and psychological life.

Status

On View, Gallery 392

Department

Modern Art

Artist

Ludwig Meidner

Title

Max Herrmann-Neisse

Place

Germany (Artist's nationality:)

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1913

Medium

Oil on canvas

Inscriptions

Signed, u.l.: "L Meidner/ Jan 1913"

Dimensions

89.5 × 75.6 cm (35 1/4 × 29 3/4 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Harold X. Weinstein

Reference Number

1959.215

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