Max Liebermann

Self-Portrait

1934

Original title
Selbstbildnis
Medium
Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions
Support: 921 x 733 mm
frame: 1140 x 955 x 113 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Presented by Lord Marks 1935
Reference
N04779

Display caption

Liebermann painted self portraits throughout his life. Along with Lovis Corinth and Max Beckmann, Liebermann's devotion to self-portraiture produced many moving and acute testimonies to artistic self-examination. Liebermann frequently portrayed himself before the easel or in the studio, smartly dressed and in the act of painting. This picture is Liebermann's final self portrait, completed when he was 88, a year before his death. His gaze appears resigned and the mood of the painting subdued. The previous year, after the accession to power of the National Socialists, Liebermann had been summarily relieved of the presidentship of the Prussian Academy and his numerous other honours because he was Jewish.

Gallery label, September 2004

Catalogue entry

Max Liebermann 1847-1935

N04779 Self-Portrait 1934

Inscribed 'M Liebermann' b.r.
Oil on canvas, 36 1/4 x 28 7/8 (92 x 73.5)
Presented by Lord Marks 1935
Prov: Lord Marks, London (purchased from the artist through the Leicester Galleries, London, 1935)
Exh: Max Liebermann, Leicester Galleries, London, December 1934 (55, repr.); Max Liebermann 1847-1935, Isidor Kaufmann 1853-1921, Lesser Ury 1862-1931 ..., Ben Uri Art Gallery, London, November 1968 (2); Germany in Ferment, Dunelm House, Durham, October-November 1970 (2); Graves Art Gallery, Sheffield, November-December 1970 (2); Leicester Art Gallery, December 1970 (2)
Lit: Ferdinand Stuttmann, Max Liebermann (Hanover 1961), p.45, repr. pl.79
Repr: Weltkunst, XXIII, 1 September 1953, p.6; Günter Meissner, Max Liebermann (Vienna and Munich 1974), pl.29 in colour

Liebermann's last self-portrait, painted in his 88th year.

Published in:
Ronald Alley, Catalogue of the Tate Gallery's Collection of Modern Art other than Works by British Artists, Tate Gallery and Sotheby Parke-Bernet, London 1981, p.441, reproduced p.441