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Max Liebermann Autographs Collection

Identifier: AR 498


The bulk of the collection holds the extensive correspondence from Max Liebermann to Max Lehrs, director of the Kupferstichkabinett in Berlin and Dresden, written between 1892 and 1934. Also included are letters to Bruno and Paul Cassirer and others, as is a manuscript with an eulogy for the painter Walter Leistikow.


  • 1891-1934

Language of Materials

This collection is in German.

Conditions Governing Use

There may be some restrictions on the use of the collection.

Biographical Note

Max Liebermann was born in Berlin in 1847. He first studied law and philosophy, but later turned to painting and drawing. He studied and worked in Weimar in 1869, in Paris in 1872, and in the Netherlands from 1876 through 1877. After residing and working in Munich for some time, he returned to Berlin in 1884 and was active there for the rest of his life. Although he was himself a rather conservative artist, he helped to found the Sezession, an organization of progressive artists in Berlin in 1899. In 1920, he was elected president of the Preussische Akademie der Kuenste. He resigned in 1933, after he was forbidden to paint and the academy decided to no longer exhibit paintings by Jewish painters. He died in 1935.


0.25 Linear Feet


  1. 1/1 Correspondence to Max Lehrs; 1892 - 1934
  2. 1/2 Other correspondence; 1891 - 1933

Other Finding Aids

1-page inventory, 12 catalogue cards.

Related Materials

Transcripts of all autographs are available in the Max Liebermann Collection, AR 847

The art collection of the Leo Baeck Institute holds numerous works by Max Liebermann.

Inventory of the Max Liebermann Autographs Collection
Hermann Teifer
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Repository Details

Part of the Leo Baeck Institute Repository

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