Guide to the Max Liebermann Collection, 1867-1997

AR 847 / MF 683

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Finding aid was encoded in EAD 2002 by Chris Bentley on January 21, 2010. Description is in English.
February 13, 2012  Links to digital objects added in Container List.

Creator:Liebermann, Max, 1847-1935
Title:Max Liebermann Collection
Dates:1867-1997
Abstract:Materials found in this collection include an extensive amount of correspondence written by Max Liebermann to Max Lehrs, an art historian and the director of the Kupferstichkabinett in Berlin and Dresden. The letters were written between 1892 and 1934, mostly from Berlin and Wannsee. Prominent events of the time such as World War I, the revolutionary years after the war, German inflation and the rise of National Socialism are reflected in the correspondence. Liebermann also discusses art questions, exhibits and publications. All the letters are bound in an album. In addition, there are letters to Bruno and Paul Cassirer and letters on Liebermann's election as president of the Preussische Akademie der Kuenste.
Languages:This collection is in German, English.
Quantity:0.5 linear feet
Identification:AR 847 / MF 683
Repository: Leo Baeck Institute Archives
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Biographical Note

Max Liebermann was born in Berlin in 1847. He first studied law and philosophy, but later turned to painting and drawing. He studied and worked in Weimar in 1869, in Paris in 1872, and in the Netherlands from 1876 through 1877. After residing and working in Munich for some time, he returned to Berlin in 1884 and was active there for the rest of his life. Although he was himself a rather conservative artist, he helped to found the Sezession, an organization of progressive artists in Berlin in 1899. In 1920, he was elected president of the Preussische Akademie der Kuenste. He resigned in 1933, after he was forbidden to paint and the academy decided to no longer exhibit paintings by Jewish painters. He died in 1935.

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Scope and Content Note

Materials found in this collection include an extensive amount of correspondence written by Max Liebermann to Max Lehrs, an art historian and the director of the Kupferstichkabinett in Berlin and Dresden. The letters were written between 1892 and 1934, mostly from Berlin and Wannsee. Prominent events of the time such as World War I, the revolutionary years after the war, German inflation and the rise of National Socialism are reflected in the correspondence. Liebermann also discusses art questions, exhibits and publications. All the letters are bound in an album. In addition, there are letters to Bruno and Paul Cassirer and letters on Liebermann's election as president of the Preussische Akademie der Kuenste.

The collection also contains various photocopies and transcripts of letters by Max Liebermann as well as materials about him such as clippings, family trees, exhibition catalogues, and photos of him, his studio and his works.

Also included is a manuscript by Julius Elias titled "Max Liebermann zu Hause (1847-1935)", which is a description of the painter's life at home. It was published by Paul Cassirer in Berlin in 1918. A copy is available in the LBI library r (f) ND 588 L52 E45.

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Arrangement

This collection is arranged in 3 series.

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Access and Use

Access Restrictions

Open to researchers.

Access Information

Collection is digitized. Follow the links in the Container List to access the digitized materials.

Use Restrictions

There may be some restrictions on the use of the collection. For more information, contact:
Leo Baeck Institute, Center for Jewish History, 15 West 16th Street, New York, NY 10011
email: lbaeck@lbi.cjh.org

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Access Points

This collection is indexed under the following headings in the online catalog. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons, or places should search the catalog using these headings.

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Separated Material

Photographs have been removed to the LBI Photograph Collection.

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Microfilm

Collection is available on 1 reel of microfilm (MF 683).

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Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form:

Identification of item, date (if known); Max Liebermann Collection; AR 847; box number; folder number; Leo Baeck Institute.

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Other Finding Aid

1-page inventory, 12 catalogue cards.

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Bibliography

The art collection of the Leo Baeck Institute contains numerous works by Liebermann.

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Container List

The following section contains a detailed listing of the materials in the collection.

Follow the links to access the digitized materials.

 

SERIES 1: About Max Liebermann, undated, 1847-1998

BoxFolderTitleDate
10Inventoryundated
11Genealogical information, Liebermann birthdays1847-1935
12Newspaper articles regarding Liebermann's death1935
13Newspaper articles and essays1869-1980
14Letters concerning "Berliner Akademie der Kuenste" 1918-1933 (Photocopies)undated
15Photocopies and transcripts of letters and autographsundated
16Pictures and paintingsundated
17Liebermann exhibitions1948-1998
18Manuscript by Julius Elias: "Max Liebermann zu Hause (1847-1935)"undated
19Project "Liebermann-Haus", Berlin-Wannsee1998
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SERIES 2: Autographs, undated, 1892-1934

BoxFolderTitleDate
110Inventoryundated
111Autographs No. 1-19 (Photocopies, originals in R 12)undated
112Autographs No. 21-92: Max Liebermann to Max Lehrs (Photocopies, originals in R 3)1892-1934
113Autographs No. 93-101 (Photocopies, originals in R 12)undated
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