Portrait of the Art Dealer Heinrich Thannhauser, 1918

Lovis Corinth

Tapiau (East Prussia) 1858 - 1925 Zandvoort/Netherlands

Portrait of the Art Dealer Heinrich Thannhauser, 1918

Oil on canvas
101,5 x 70 cm
Signed and dated upper right: "Lovis Corinth/1918"

Heinrich Thannhauser (1859-1935) founded his Munich gallery 'Moderne Galerie Thannhauser' in 1909. He initially concentrated on French Impressionists and Post-Impressionists, Monet, Manet, Degas, Cézanne, Gauguin as well as the German contemporaries Corinth and Liebermann. Together with Kandinsky he realized the first 'Blue Rider' exhibition in 1911. In 1913 he held a comprehensive exhibition of Pablo Picasso. At the same time German Expressionists and Italian Futurists became a focus of the gallery. In 1913 he participated in the Armory Show in New York. He opened galleries in Lucerne (1919) and Berlin (1927) which were directed by his son Justin Thannhauser. The Munich Gallery was closed in 1927. As a consequence of the Nazi threat he fled Germany in 1934, settling in Lucerne, where he died in 1935. After the confiscation of the Berlin gallery in 1937, Justin opened a gallery in Paris. After the German occupation his house was looted in 1940. He and his family fled to Switzerland and then to New York, fortunately being able to save part of the family collection. In 1963 he donated this to the Guggenheim Museum. The Thannhauser collection forms until today an essential part of the museum's holdings. In 1918 Justin Thannhauser asked both Corinth and Liebermann to do a portrait of his father. The portrait by Liebermann is in the 'Kunstmuseum' Bern, our painting remained in the Thannhauser family until 2016.

Charlotte Berend-Corinth, Die Gemälde von Lovis Corinth, Munich 1958, p. 147, no. 730, ill. p. 689
Charlotte Berend-Corinth, Lovis Corinth - die Gemälde, Munich 1992, p. 163, no. 730, ill. p. 719

Lovis Corinth - das Porträt - Gemälde, Zeichnungen, Aquarelle, June 4 - September 3, 1967, Badischer Kunstverein, Karlsruhe 1967, no. 62, ill.

Heinrich Thannhauser, Munich, until 1935
Justin Thannhauser, New York, until 1972
Trude Thannhauser Beyer, USA
Thence by descent, until 2016