Drawing depicts a Biblical scene in the Book of Tobit in which Tobit's son, Tobias, doesn't realize that he has met an angel. The angel then tells Tobias what to do with a giant fish he has caught.
Max Liebermann (1847-1935) trained in Weimar before continuing to study in Amsterdam and Paris, where he was influenced by Courbet, Millet, and the Barbizon School. Liebermann returned to Germany in 1878 and continued painting in the Impressionist style, founding the movement in his native country. In 1899, he helped found the Berlin Secession. He was a very influential figure in German art and was the dominant figure until the emergence of avant-garde art. He was the president of the Prussian Academy of Arts but resigned in 1933 because he was forbidden to paint as a Jew.
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Liebermann, Max: Study for "Tobias and the Angel", Leo Baeck Institute, 78.1606b.