Thursday, May 17, 2018

Max Slevogt, Secessionist

Max Slevogt (1868-1932) is categorized as an Impressionist, but also did some Symbolist subject paintings and other kinds of works including illustration. He became associated with the Berlin Secession, according to his Wikipedia entry. Another source filled with a confusing mix of facts, and dates is here.

These and other sources state or imply that Slevogt was a very important German painter. That is probably so, though I can't work up much enthusiasm for his manner of sketchy brushwork and therefore don't regard him highly.

Your taste may well vary, so here are images of some of his paintings in approximately chronological order to ponder.


Die blonde Theres - 1896

Totentanz (Death Dance, or Dance with Death) - 1896
The same model seems to be in both paintings.

Autumn Evening Mood, Neukastel - 1897

Feierstunde The Day's Work Done - 1900

The Dancer Marietta di Rigardo - 1904
Around this time, Slevogt's sketchy style kicks in more noticeably.

Dame im weissen Reitkleid zu Pferde (Lady in White Riding Clothes on a Horse) - 1910
This might be his wife, Antonie (Nini) Finkler.

Spring in the Palatinate - 1910

Anna Pavlova
More than a sketch, less than a painting.

Unter den Linden - 1913
Berlin's main street shortly before the Great War.

Portrait of Dancer Antonia Mercé, Called "La Argentina" - 1926

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