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Max Slevogt- Alfred Flechtheim
Art dealer of the Avantgarde

Max Slevogt

08.10.1868 Landshut - 20.09.1932 Neukastel bei Landau
Alfred Flechtheim and Max Slevogt

The painter and graphic artist Max Slevogt is one of the main representatives of German Impressionism. Having trained at the Academy in Munich his work was initially close to the German Realists Wilhelm Leibl and Wilhelm Trübner. Slevogt was a member of the Munich Secession and the Freie Vereinigung. His painting became more radiant and his brushwork more fleeting and pastose through his leaning toward French Impressionism. The more open reception of his works in the capital led to his moving to Berlin in autumn 1901. In 1902 he became a member of the Berlin Secession and was elected to its board. He left the Secession in 1913 together with other members and founded the Freie Sezession. In 1917 he took on the management of the master studio at the Preußische Akademie der Bildenden Künste. Slevogt primarily made a name for himself at a portraitist and landscape painter, as well as an illustrator. In addition, he painted wall frescos and designed stage sets. He regularly spent the summer months on his country estate, Neukastel, in the Palatinate. Retrospective exhibitions were held in 1918 at the Freie Sezession and in 1928 at the Preußische Akademie der Künste.

Max Slevogt was in close contact with Paul and Bruno Cassirer. In 1899 they exhibited 34 of his paintings together with works by Manet, Degas and Puvis de Chavannes in their art salon. From 1903, Slevogt’s book illustrations were published by Bruno Cassirer and in 1904, Paul Cassirer signed an exclusivity agreement with the artist. Slevogt and Flechtheim probably met through Paul Cassirer who was a silent partner in Flechtheim’s gallery. All three regularly frequented the Romanische Café in Berlin. Flechtheim and Slevogt however had virtually no business ties. During the artist’s lifetime only a few individual works were shown at three different group exhibitions in Flechtheim’s gallery in Düsseldorf in 1913, 1925 and 1930. The Städtische Kunstsammlungen Düsseldorf acquired one painting at the exhibition in 1925. A few of Slevogt’s paintings and works on paper were illustrated in Flechtheim’s magazine ‘Der Querschnitt’.

Individual exhibitons at the Galerie Flechtheim

Group exhibitions at the Galerie Flechtheim

Dezember 1913

Beiträge zur Kunst des XIX. Jahrhunderts und unserer Zeit. Zusammengestellt von Dr.Paul Mahlberg. Herausgegeben anläßlich ihrer Eröffnung von der Galerie Alfred Flechtheim, GmbH
Düsseldorf, Alleestraße 7

Sommer 1925

Sommer 1925
Berlin, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt am Main, (Lützowufer, Königsallee, Oberlindau 1)

November 1932

Auktion Gemälde alter und neuer Meister aus dem Nachlass geheimer Kommerzienrat M. Leiffmann Düsseldorf und aus deutschem Museums- und Privatbesitz
Düsseldorf, Palasthotel Breidenbacher Hof

März 1933

Auktion Gemälde alter und neuer Meister und Skulpturen aus rheinischem, Berliner und ausländischem Museums- und Privatbesitz darunter Bildnisse u. a. aus dem ehemaligen Palais Radziwill in Berlin
Düsseldorf, Palasthotel Breidenbacher Hof

November–Dezember 1930

Seit Liebermann in Deutschland. Aquarelle, Zeichnungen, Graphik
Düsseldorf, Königsallee 34