Coquelicot Art of the First World War
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Lovis Corinth, Bildnis Hermann Struck (Portrait of Hermann Struck), 1915, oil on canvas, 80.5 x 59.5 cm.

© Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus, Munich.

The fighting men

5 - Lovis Corinth

In 1915, Struck was thirty-nine. A painter, engraver and art critic, he posed for his friend Corinth (1858-1925) wearing the uniform of the officer he had become. Neither the subject nor the painter give in to the exalted belligerency of the moment. Despite the fact that Corinth paints with emphatic touches, he keeps his distance from all forms of expressionism, in order, more simply, to depict the worry, the melancholy and the unease of the artist in his soldier's garb. After the war, Struck left Europe where life had become too distressing for him, and settled in Palestine.