CORINTH, Lovis
(b. 1858, Tapiau, d. 1925, Zandervoort)

Samson Blinded

1912
Oil on canvas, 130 x 105 cm
Nationalgalerie, Berlin

Lovis Corinth's art, with that of Max Slevogt, proved central to building the foundations of German Expressionism. The subject of Samson Blinded is ideally suited to Corinth's profound pictorial involvement with passion and its price. Samson, the Old Testament strongman was popular in Northern European art, abounding in the worlds of Cranach and Rembrandt. Corinth's canvas shows how Samson, too long blind to Delilah's evil nature, is now literally blinded by her Philistine henchmen.