One of German’s more renowned painters gets an artistic examination in the hallowed halls of Belvedere in 2021. The Lovis Corinth exhibition takes a look back at the evolution of his work across a productive life.
- Explores Corinth’s journey from a young painter to a master of impressionism and expressionism
- Variety of works on display, including individual and family portraits, vanitas paintings and his later landscapes
- Runs Jun 18 – Oct 3, 2021
- See also: Belvedere ticket and visitor tips
Life – A celebration
(Der Herzogstand am Walchensee im Schnee by Lovis Corinth; photo courtesy of and © Belvedere, Wien. Reproduced with permission under the terms of Creative Commons License CC BY-SA 4.0.)
Many artists remain indelibly associated with a particular form. Others apply their talents to different styles as their artistic approach changes. If we’re lucky, the latter leave us with a remarkable collection of works that spans tastes and genres. The German painter, Lovis Corinth (1858 – 1925), is one such artist.
Considered one of Germany’s greatest painters of the late 19th and early 20th century, Corinth’s legacy derives partly from his output but also from his role in the artistic community.
In 1892, for example, Corinth co-founded the Munich Succession artist association that broke with the traditional conservative approaches of the time. That same group provided the inspiration for the establishment of the Vienna Secession by Klimt and others in 1897.
After leaving Munich, Corinth joined the Berlin Secession, rising to become one of its most acclaimed members and to take leading positions (including that of chairperson) in the organisation itself.
Corinth’s life saw painting in Europe grow out from, for example, 19th-century realism to produce impressionism, expressionism and the rise of modernism; the Belvedere exhibition follows Corinth on his parallel journey through an equivalent artistic evolution.
Inevitably, then, Corinth’s work covered a diversity of approaches that often defy easy classification, where an erotic painting of a young woman might hang next to a homely family portrait.
The influence on Corinth’s oeuvre of changes in both technique and his perspectives on life form a core context for the exhibition as curator Alexander Klee explores the development of the painter’s style.
Dates and tickets
Admire Corinth’s works from June 18th, 2021 to October 3rd, 2021. A ticket* to Upper Belvedere includes access to the exhibition. A sightseeing pass (like the Vienna Pass) can also get you inside once for free.
While there, you may be able to catch other temporary art exhibitions at the same location, such as the Hartmann exhibition, the Hohenbüchler installation in the Carlone Hall, or the Rainbow Wall installation outside in the gardens.
(If you miss the exhibition, you can also view it a little later at the Saarlandmuseum in Saarbrücken, Germany.)
How to get to the exhibition
Follow the directions to Belvedere. Upper Belvedere also has the art museum’s main permanent exhibition with its Klimts and other masterpieces. Another excellent location in Vienna for the Corinth era of painting is the Albertina art museum (particularly their permanent exhibition: Monet to Picasso. The Batliner Collection).
Address: Prinz Eugen-Straße 27, 1030 Vienna