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Biographical/Historical Information

Alfred Kerr was born 1867 as Alfred Kempner in Breslau, Silesia (today Wrocław, Poland) and became one of the most influential theater critics in Germany. In 1933, Kerr escaped Nazi persecution, fleeing to Prague, Switzerland, Paris and finally to England, where he became a naturalized citizen. He died during a visit to Hamburg in 1948.

The artist Lovis Corinth was born in Tapiau, Prussia (Gvardeysk, Russia) in 1858. He succeeded in his work to combine impressionist and expressionist elements of styles. Corinth joined the Berlin Secession group and became the group’s president, following Max Liebermann. Lovis Corinth died in Zandvoort, Netherlands in 1925.

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Alfred Kerr / Portrait painting by Lovis Corinth, Leo Baeck Institute, F 3560.