The Berlin Secession, one of several avant-garde art movements in central Europe at the turn of the century, comprised dozens of artists, led by Walter Leistikow ( JAMA cover, November 4, 2009). One of these progressives, Leistikow's friend and biographer Lovis Corinth (1858-1925), joined the Berlin Secession in 1902 and eventually became its president. Corinth made Berlin his permanent residence after resigning from the group he cofounded, the Munich Secession. He discovered that Munich—the premier city in the German art world of that time—did not fully appreciate his esoteric taste, and working there proved not particularly profitable.
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