Lovis Corinth

(1858 - 1925)
Lovis Corinth Höllenfragment [Hell, fragment] about 1901 Private Collection on long term loan to the National Galleries of Scotland


Born in East Prussia, Corinth studied in Munich and Paris. He lived in Munich for the first half of his career, moving to Berlin in 1901. After suffering a stroke in 1911 he was paralysed on the right side of his body and learned to paint with his left hand. This accentuated his move away from Impressionism towards a form of Expressionism characterised by vigorous brushwork and a frequently surprising interpretation of traditional subject matter.

Glossary terms

  • Or Entartete Kunst. Term coined in the 1930s by the Nazis in Germany to ridicule modern art that didn't fit with Hitler's vision. Exhibitions of such works confiscated from German museums were staged and German artists branded with the term were banned from exhibiting their work.