Major retrospective of works by Max Liebermann on view at Gemeentemuseum Den Haag

‘Don’t forget to come to Scheveningen as soon as possible,’ Jozef Israels wrote to Max Liebermann (1847-1935) in March 1904. Between 1870 and 1914 the German artist spent a number of summers in the Netherlands with his friend Israels. Together with Israels’ son Isaac he painted the fashionable lifestyle emerging in that period: outdoor cafés teeming with patrons enjoying the sun, riders and bathers on the beach. By that time Liebermann was a celebrated artist both in his native Germany and abroad, famous for his paintings with ‘sunspots’. In 1920 he was even appointed director of the academy in Berlin, a position he would have to relinquish towards the end of his life, when Hitler came to power. Yet he continued to be a favourite with the public in Germany, even after