(b. 1847, Berlin, d. 1935, Berlin)

The Orphanage at Amsterdam

Oil on canvas, 79 x 108 cm
Städelsches Kunstinstitut, Frankfurt

In 1871 and subsequently, Liebermann repeatedly visited Holland, some of his stays there being lengthy. In a painting on a Dutch subject, The Orphanage at Amsterdam, he began to put the blacker shades of his early realism aside, and to brighten up his palette. For the first time he rendered sunlight falling through trees perfectly. It is a truly Impressionist perception.

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