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ID number:  BIRBI-94.3
Institution:  The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Artist / Maker:  Corinth, Lovis (1858-1925)
Title / Object name:  Christ on the Cross (Christus am Kreuz)
Object type:  Print
Place made:  Berlin
Culture:  German
Date made:  1919
Materials:  Woodcut
Measurements:  Plate 51.0 x 43.0 cm; mount 73.0 x 59.0 cm
Provenance:  Purchased from Garton & Co., Devizes, September 1994

Christ is shown at his crucifixion, his head crowned by a searing sun and his body scored by the deep lines carved in the wood. Corinth uses chaotic hatched lines to emphasis Christ’s emaciated body and tearing muscles. In his early career, Corinth was a leading member of the Impressionist Berlin Secession group of artists. In 1911 he was partially paralysed by a stroke which affected his ability to work. His later style, including this print, is characterised by violent, expressionist lines and religious themes as he confronted his physical limitations and explored the vulnerability of the human body.

Inscriptions / Translations:  Inscriptions, sale stamps & c: signed in pencil, l. r. : Lovis Corinth

Notes:  Exhibited: 'Barber Goes North: Treasures from the Barber Institute', Abbot Hall Art Gallery, Kendal, UK, 15 October 2010 - 15 December 2010; 'Age of Expressionism', Slade School of Art, London, UK, 08 February 2011 - 25 March 2011

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