Chrysanthemen im Krug. 1918. Oil on canvas. Berend-Corinth 749. Signed and dated in upper left. 71 x 50.5 cm (27.9 x 19.8 in).
PROVENANCE: Dr. M. Goldschmidt, Berlin. Graphisches Kabinett, Bremen (1926). Dr. Theodor Kottmeier, Bremen (acquired from aforementioned). Collection Ludwig Roselius, Bremen (with the information "Original aus der Sammlung Roselius, Bremen" [Original from the collection Roselius, Bremen] on a label on verso). Kunstsalon Abels, Cologne (1953, with a label on the stretcher). Private collection Germany. Private collection Switzerland (inherited from aforementioned).
EXHIBITION: Lovis Corinth. Memorial Exhibition, Graphisches Kabinett, Bremen 1926. Zur Eröffnung im eigenen Haus. Hermann and Günther Abels, Cologne 1953.
LITERATURE: Wilhelm Hausenstein. Lovis Corinth, in: Die Kunst und das schöne Heim 56, 1957/58, pp. 361-378. "[Corinth] made flower pieces characterized by a tremenduous tenderness. He magically rendered the delicate roses with their soft petals, so that the picture emanates their scent, he was able to eternalize the fiery red and deep glow of roses, dahliae and chrysanthemum in the picture [..]" Karl Schwarz, author of the catalog raisonné of graphic works, quote from: Lovis Corinth. Eine Dokumentation, Tübingen 1979, p. 238.
In his autobiography, Karl Schwarz (1885-1962), author of the catalog raisonné of Corinth's graphic works, describes the special appeal of Corinth's flower still lifes, which he rendered in masterly tenderness and haptic presence on the canvas and which, at first sight, did not fit in with the artist's rough appearance, as follows: "Corinth, the powerful person, who sometimes handled the brush with a certain brutality, who drank the colors' glow like fresh blood and who conceived the most daring compositions, to whom life was an expression of creation and power and whose debauched nature at times terrified people, also was a very lyrical artist to a certain extent. He created flower pieces characterized by an infinite delicateness. He rendered the tender roses with their soft petals so magically that the picture would emanate their scent, he eternalized the roses', dahliae's and chrysanthemum's fiery red and deep glow in the picture [..]" (Karl Schwarz, author of the catalog raisonné of Corinth's graphic works, quote after: Lovis Corinth. Eine Dokumentation, Tübingen 1979, p. 238). Accordingly, it is little surprising that many of those lush flower arrangements, like our beautiful "Chrysanthemen im Krug" from around 1920 are in possession of acclaimed public collections today, among them the Austrian Galerie Belvedere in Vienna (Berend-Corinth 854), the Nationalgalerie Berlin (Berend-Corinth 939) or the Neue Pinakothek in Munich (Berend-Corinth 932c). [JS]