“Carmencita”, Portrait of Charlotte Berend-Corinth 
in Spanish Dress, Lovis Corinth
Lovis Corinth
“Carmencita”, Portrait of Charlotte Berend-Corinth in Spanish Dress
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Lovis Corinth

“Carmencita”, Portrait of Charlotte Berend-Corinth in Spanish Dress, 1924


Dimensions
130.0 x 90.0 cm
Physical Description
Oil on canvas
Inventory Number
2064
Acquisition
Acquired in 1959, Property of Städelscher Museums-Verein e.V.
Status
On display

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About the Work

"The picture was created after an amusing evening. The celebration at the Secession was called 'A Southern Night'. I had dressed up as a Spanish woman." According to Charlotte Berend-Corinth, this was how the almost life-size portrait came about. It is the last of the eighty or so likenesses which Lovis Corinth painted of his wife. Corinth is often regarded as a representative of German Impressionism, alongside Liebermann and Slevogt. Here, the artist is concerned less with the precise reproduction of physiognomical details than with capturing a specific moment after the ecstatic celebration.

About the Donation

The core of the museum's collection of modernist works was lost entirely in 1937 as a result of the campaign pursued by the National Socialists to confiscate what they deemed "degenerate art". The first decades after the Second World War were therefore devoted to rebuilding the department. Given the conditions in the post-war years, the city of Frankfurt was in no position to make funds for the purchase of art available in any significant way, and so the revived Museums-Verein focused intensively on this area of collection. The museum's post-war phase of recovery began in 1957, and in 1958 it was able to purchase Corinth's portrait of his wife, Charlotte, dressed as Carmen from the 66,000 marks received in donations. A year before his death, the artist summoned his remaining strength and energy to commit to canvas this monumental portrait of his wife, who was twenty-three years his junior. This important late work marked Corinth's return to the gallery, where, until the seizure of his works in 1937, he had been represented with three paintings.

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Work Data

Basic Information

Title
“Carmencita”, Portrait of Charlotte Berend-Corinth in Spanish Dress
Painter
Period Produced
School
Object Type
Physical Description
Oil on canvas
Material
Technique
Label at the Time of Manufacture
Bezeichnet, signiert und datiert in der Bildmitte links: Carmencita Lovis CORINTH 1924

Property and Acquisition

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Administration
Collection
Picture Copyright
© Städel Museum
Acquisition
Acquired in 1959, Property of Städelscher Museums-Verein e.V.

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Primary
Secondary
  • 41D3 folk costume, regional costume

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16.09.2019