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Lovis Corinth etching of a man in a loincloth and shackles addressing the Pharaoh and his consort

Object | Accession Number: 2010.419.1

Drypoint etching created by Lovis Corinth in 1894 depicting Joseph as shackled slave in a loin cloth, standing before Pharaoh. He is gesturing as he explains: The dream of Pharaoh is one; God has revealed to Pharaoh what he is about to do. Genesis 41: 25-33. Corinth created the print for his first graphic series, Tragicomedies, plate five of nine etchings, one of only 20 that he printed. The series theme involved the use of unusual details to add a farcical element to great events, such as the almost caricatured figure of Joseph, usually depicted as handsome. Corinth was studying anatomy at the time and the figure of Joseph was probably created from a live model. Corinth (1858-1925) was a popular German painter and printmaker, known for landscapes and biblical scenes, and an early proponent of the Impressionist style. The Nazi government established a Reich Culture Chamber to conttrol all aspects of German culture. All art had a propagandistic value and its purpose was to glorify Nazi-determined German virtues. In July 1937, the Great German Art Exhibition displayed approved works. Nearby was an Exhibition of Degenerate Art that displayed the demoralizing and corrupting works of modern art. Corinth’s late works were among those featured in this exhibit and his works were removed from all German museums.

Artwork Title
Josef deutet dem Pharaoh die Träume
Alternate Title
Joseph interpreting the Pharoh's Dreams
Series Title
Tragikomodien
Date
1894  (creation)
Geography
creation : Berlin (Germany)
Language
German
Classification
Art
Category
Prints
Object Type
Lithographs (aat)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of LeRoy E. Hoffberger
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Record last modified: 2018-10-24 14:07:47
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