Brushstrokes at Lenbachhaus
21 Feb 2020, 10 a.m. - 3 Jan 2021, 6 p.m.
Brushstrokes: The Art of Putting the Right Colour in the Right Spot at Lenbachhaus.
“The saying that a well-painted turnip is better than a badly painted Madonna has become a permanent feature of modern aesthetics. But the saying is wrong; it must be: A well-painted turnip is just as good as a well-painted Madonna."
This quote by Max Liebermann (1916) marks the point of departure for an exhibition at the Lenbachhaus that explores what and, more importantly, how the artists of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries painted. The presentation probes the question of what constitutes “good painting" and examines the idea of the painterly from a variety of angles.
Aspects to be addressed include the pace of painting, beginner's luck, questions of attribution, bans on colors, and the quest for pure painting: Lovis Corinth created an enormous bouquet of flowers, a birthday gift for his wife, in a mere three days. When Franz von Stuck started experimenting with oil paints and the picture turned out well, he proudly labeled it “my first oil painting" right on the canvas. A rapidly yet brilliantly painted unsigned portrait of a woman might be by Wilhelm Busch or by Franz von Lenbach, as both painted in very similar styles in the early stages of their careers.