Description & Technical information

This idyllic painting entitled Enkelin und Kinderfrau im Nutzgarten was completed during the artist’s mature period in 1923 and can be attributed to his Lake Wannsee paintings. The picturesque summerhouse near Berlin was built by the artist in 1909 and boasted an extensive garden which he filled with motifs. Observed from the viewpoint of the kitchen garden, the artist depicts his six-year-old granddaughter Maria with her nanny in white, strolling on a brightly lit path set against an abundance of flowering bushes bearing red and blue flowers. In his old age, Liebermann’s granddaughter became an important subject for him, and these sentimental works are reminiscent of his paintings of his daughter, Käthe. The work was held by the famous art dealer Paul Cassirer in 1923 who played a significant role in the promotion of the Berlin Secessionists as well as many now-famous Impressionist and Post-Impressionist artists.

Date:  Executed in 1923
Period:  20th century
Medium: Oil on canvas
Signature: Signed lower left, M Liebermann
Dimensions: 45.7 x 55.2 cm (18⁰/₁ x 21³/₄ inches)
Provenance: Paul Cassirer, Berlin, 1923
Lion collection, New York, 1954
Stuttgarter Kunstkabinett, Stuttgart, 25th May 1955
Hauswedell & Nolte, Hamburg, 5th June 1970
Private collection, London

Literature: H. P. Richardson, Landscape in the Work of Max Liebermann, Ann Arbor/MI, 1991, no. 646
M. Eberle, Max Liebermann: Werkverzeichnis der Gemälde und Ölstudien, vol. II, Munich, 1996, no. 1923/22, p. 1086 (illustrated)
Exhibitions: Zurich, Kunsthaus, Max Liebermann, 1923, no. 99
Categories: Paintings, Drawings & Prints