head and torso of a man with a moustache and receding hairline, holding a pen-like tool in his PL hand; many diagonal hatched lines; man wears jacket, tie and vest; loose style

Self-Portrait, April 19, 1923

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Lovis Corinth advocated for an aggressive, intensely competitive approach to life, going so far as to offer this advice: “Use all your might to achieve your highest goal. . . . use your greater strength to push your rivals against the wall until they can no longer gasp.” Then, in 1911, Corinth had a stroke and suddenly found his physical powers greatly diminished. After that he made many self-portraits, showing his own frailty with unflinching honesty. When an artist requested a photograph of Corinth, presumably to make a caricature for a satirical magazine, Corinth instead sent him this drawing. Was he sardonically presenting his own features to suggest that nature had already perpetrated the distortions of a caricaturist'

Details
Title
Self-Portrait
Artist Life
1858-1925
Role
Artist
Accession Number
2015.93.191
Provenance
Sent by the artist to Rudolf Grossmann (Germany, 1882-1941). [Allan Frumkin Gallery, New York, until 1966; sold to Andrus at Mia-organized loan exhibition and show]; John E. Andrus III, Wayzata, Minn.; Elizabeth Andrus, Wayzata, Minn.
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head and torso of a man with a moustache and receding hairline, holding a pen-like tool in his PL hand; many diagonal hatched lines; man wears jacket, tie and vest; loose style