Professor Organizes Exhibit of German Art

Posted: March 16, 2006 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Ryan Call and Colleen Kearney Rich

The last few months have been a whirlwind of activity for Marion Deshmukh, associate professor of History and Art History.

In addition to teaching and co-chairing the Department of History and Art History as Jack Censer transitions to his new position as dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences, Deshmukh, an expert on German history, has been organizing an exhibit on the German impressionist Max Liebermann at the Goethe-Institut Washington in Washington, D.C.

Titled “Max Liebermann: Works on Paper,” the exhibit runs from Thursday, March 16, to Friday, April 28.

On behalf of the Goethe-Institut Washington, Deshmukh directed the organization of the Liebermann works and all supplementary material that the National Gallery of Art, the Leo Baeck Institute and private collectors have kindly loaned to the show.

The show is intended to complement another at the Jewish Museum in New York of the Berlin artist’s oil paintings titled “Max Liebermann: From Realism to Impressionism,” which is being touted as the first American survey of the artist’s work.

“Max Liebermann, despite not being well known in the United States, is probably Germany’s most renowned impressionist painter, and his works can be seen in all major German museums. His summer home near Berlin has become a popular tourist attraction, similar to that of Monet’s home in Giverny, France,” says Deshmukh.

In addition to the exhibition, a series of lectures, presentations and symposia about Liebermann and his art will occur at the Goethe-Institut Washington, the German Historical Institute and George Mason:

  • On Thursday, March 16, Deshmukh will present the opening illustrated lecture, “Max Liebermann: Art and Politics in 19th- and 20th-Century Germany.” The lecture begins at 6:30 p.m. and takes place in the Goethe Forum at the Goethe-Institut Washington. RSVP to 202-289-1200, ext. 166.

  • On Thursday, March 23, an illustrated lecture and the opening reception will occur at the Goethe Forum at 6:30 p.m. Peter Paret of the Insititute for Advanced Study, Princeton, will present “Max Liebermann: The Artist as a Cultural Study.” RSVP to 202-289-1200, ext. 167.
  • On Friday, March 24, from 9 a.m. until 5:30 p.m., the German Historical Institute will host an all-day symposium titled “Max Liebermann: An Artist’s Career from Empire to the Third Reich.” Steven Mansbach of the University of Maryland will serve as moderator. For more information about other presentations on this day, access the Goethe-Institut Washington web site. RSVP to 202-387-3355 or events@ghi-dc.org.
  • On Thursday, April 6, Christopher With from the National Gallery of Art will present “German Art and American Sensibilities: Collecting German Art at the National Gallery of Art.” The lecture takes place on the Fairfax Campus in the Johnson Center Gold Room at 3 p.m. A short reception will follow. RSVP to mdeshmuk@gmu.edu.

Max Liebermann (1847-1935) created art in Imperial and Weimar Germany. His work heralded the arrival of modernism in his country and his social activity set the precedent for other artists to become important cultural figures in Germany.

For more information, contact Deshmukh at mdeshmuk@gmu.edu or visit the web sites of the Goethe-Institut Washington and the German Historical Institute.

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