Probably the most sustained and brilliant series of narrative paintings since Rembrandt.
Comparison across a selection of his self-portraits and nudes shows how dramatically his style changed through his career.
In these last 2 years, his paintings reached a new peak in quantity and innovative exploration of colour and texture.
He divided his time between the bustle of Berlin and the family’s garden of Eden by the lake and mountains.
The war years started with buoyant patriotism, but ended in depression. He was saved by a chalet in Bavaria, and his wonderful landscapes.
His painting style had moved on, and he and his family were starting to build a new lifestyle, and getting away from Berlin more.
Corinth’s paintings changed visibly after his major stroke in December 1911. Was this the result of that stroke?
At the peak of his career, he tackled his most complex classical myth, painted a patron in the South Tirol, and the founder of modern zoos. And then…
As he celebrates his 50th birthday, his young family are growing in size and number. More brilliant paintings, and more success.
Berlin, the vibrant city of modern arts, brought love and marriage – and a brief reprise of Salome too.