Liebermann’s “Tempel” Picture.

Wonderful to see Liebermann’s preparatory drawings for his Jesus im Tempel painting (1879) at the Hamburger Kunsthalle in 2018. It was possible to imagine some of his thought processes whilst working on the painting and speculating about how it developed after he’d completed the drawings.

Why move a hand here or there, what did he struggle with, why change this or that? 

I was struck by the distinctly impressionistic mark making in much of his work combined with what I understand to be a more muted Dutch palette.

Poignant to see him celebrated in Hamburg as a respected and valued German artist.


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