- Identification and Creation
- Object Number
Lovis Corinth, German (Tapiau, East Prussia [now Gvardeysk, Russia] 1858 - 1925 Zandvoort, The Netherlands)
- Work Type
- Physical Descriptions
- Oil on canvas
- 76.2 x 83.5 cm (30 x 32 7/8 in.)
frame: 90.6 x 97.8 x 4.2 cm (35 11/16 x 38 1/2 x 1 5/8 in.)
- [Paul Cassirer, Hamburg]. Frau A. Endell, Berlin. Hans H. A. Meyn, New York, gift; to Busch-Reisinger Museum, 1953.
- Acquisition and Rights
- Credit Line
- Harvard Art Museums/Busch-Reisinger Museum, Gift of Hans H. A. Meyn
- Object Number
- European and American Art
Label Text: 32Q: 1440 Secessionism: Munich, Vienna, Berlin (Expressionism) , written 2014
In this painting, Corinth depicts Salomé, the biblical temptress who danced so seductively for King Herod that he granted her malicious request for the head of John the Baptist. A religious subject that nonetheless offered considerable sex appeal, the story of Salomé was depicted frequently in the art and literature of the turn of the twentieth century, and Corinth returned to it many times. One contemporary critic described Corinth’s depiction of the grotesquely made-up Salomé opening the eyelids of the severed head as particularly perverse. This is the first version — distinguished by its more vigorous brushwork — of a larger painting now in the collection of the Museum der bildenden Künste Leipzig. The rejection of the latter canvas by the Munich Secession in 1900, and its acceptance by the more progressive Berlin Secession that same year, was one reason why Corinth abandoned Munich for Berlin in 1902.
- Publication History
Charles Werner Haxthausen, The Busch-Reisinger Museum, Harvard University, Abbeville Press (New York, NY, 1980), p. 41, repr.
Edgar Peters Bowron, European Paintings Before 1900 in the Fogg Art Museum: A Summary Catalogue including Paintings in the Busch-Reisinger Museum, Harvard University Art Museums (Cambridge, MA, 1990)
Peter Nisbet and Emilie Norris, Busch-Reisinger Museum: History and Holdings, Harvard University Art Museums (Cambridge, MA, 1991), p. 70, ill.
Robert Rosenblum and MaryAnne Stevens, 1900: Art at the Crossroads, exh. cat., Harry N. Abrams, Inc. (New York, NY, 2000)
Peter Nisbet and Joseph Koerner, The Busch-Reisinger Museum, Harvard University Art Museums, ed. Peter Nisbet, Harvard University Art Museums and Scala Publishers Ltd. (Cambridge, MA and London, England, 2007), p. 192
Stephan Wolohojian, ed., Harvard Art Museum/ Handbook, Harvard Art Museum (Cambridge, MA, 2008), p. 175, ill.
- Exhibition History
Works from the 20th Century Collection of the Busch-Reisinger, National Gallery of Art, Washington, 06/15/1980 - 09/01/1980; Wildenstein Gallery, New York, New York, 09/23/1980 - 10/24/1980
Deutsche Kunst des 20. Jahrhunderts aus dem Busch-Reisinger Museum, Stadtische Galerie im Stadelschen Kunstinstitut, Frankfurt, 10/23/1982 - 01/16/1983; Bauhaus-Archiv, Berlin 30, 02/10/1983 - 04/17/1983; Kunstmuseum Düsseldorf, Düsseldorf, 05/08/1983 - 06/26/1983
1900: Art at the Crossroads, Royal Academy of Arts, London, 01/15/2000 - 04/03/2000; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, 05/18/2000 - 08/21/2000
Before Expressionism: Art in Germany circa 1903, Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, 10/24/2003 - 02/15/2004
Ancient to Modern, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 01/31/2012 - 06/01/2013
32Q: 1440 Secessionism: Munich, Vienna, Berlin (Expressionism), Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 11/01/2014 - 10/22/2015
- Subjects and Contexts
Google Art Project
- Verification Level
3 - Good. Object is well described and information is vetted