Max Liebermann was born July 20th, 1847, in Berlin to an upper-class Jewish family. His father pressured him to be a businessman, so he enrolled at the University of Berlin to study law and philosophy. He always had a passion for art, so he decided to take extracurricular painting classes with Carl Steffeck. After two years of courses with Steffeck, Liebermann enrolled at Weimar Art School in 1868 to pursue an art career. Following his graduation in 1872, Max Liebermann exhibited Women Plucking Geese. The style strayed far from most art of its time and was horribly received. The rejection influenced him to study popular works exhibited by Jean-Baptiste Camille Corot, Constant Troyon, and Charles-François Daubign in France. He met Jean-François Millet during his studies and adopted his naturalistic art style and non-romantic subject matter. In 1875 Liebermann started taking summer trips to the Netherlands to paint the lives of working-class people. In 1878 Liebermann moved back to Germany, and received numerous commissions for portraits. In the 1890s, he became enamored by the French Impressionist movement. Still, he did not want to detach himself entirely from traditional German techniques. Liebermann saw how there were exclusionary policies against Impressionist painters trying to exhibit at more prestigious shows, so he founded the “Berlin Secession” in 1898. He joined the Berlin Academy shortly after and became its president in 1920. In 1933, he resigned after the Nazis signed antisemitic legislation and removed his works from museums. On February 8th, 1935, Liebermann died, but his legacy lives on thanks to private collectors preserving much of his art. Meta description: Max Liebermann was a German portrait and landscape painter. He was also the President of the Berlin Academy.