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Max Liebermann (1847-1935) was a German-Jewish printmaker and painter. He originally studied philosophy at the University of Berlin before switching to painting and drawing in Weimar. He also studied abroad in Paris and the Netherlands. When the Franco-Prussian War broke out, Liebermann served as a medic. Afterward, he worked in Munich for a short period and then settled in Berlin in 1884. He was heavily influenced by French Impressionists, whose works he collected, and became a leader of German Impressionism and the Berlin Secession. Liebermann was president of the Prussian Academy of Arts, but he resigned in 1933, once the academy refused to exhibit works by Jewish artists.

Clément Bellenger was a French wood engraver, working mostly on illustrations for books and serials. Bellenger’s family had many artists and engravers, who were his teachers.

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Bellenger, Clément Édouard: Max Liebermann / Gravure de Clément Bellenger, Leo Baeck Institute, 83.151.