Ecce Homo (1925) by Lovis Corinth

Ecce Homo - Corinth, Lovis - 1925 - 2

Artwork Information

TitleEcce Homo
ArtistLovis Corinth
MediumOil on Canvas
Dimensions189 x 148 cm (74 3/4 x 58 1/4 in.)
Art MovementExpressionism
Current LocationKunstmuseum Basel, Basel, Switzerland
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About Ecce Homo

Lovis Corinth’s 1925 drypoint on paper, Ecce Homo, is a religious painting depicting the moment Pilate presents Christ to a hostile crowd just before his crucifixion. The artwork portrays Christ post-scourging with bound arms and crowned with thorns as Pilate states “Behold the man” in Latin. This significant motif has been used to showcase human suffering and degradation through violence and war.

Corinth was a prominent German painter and printmaker who synthesized impressionism and expressionism in his mature work. Ecce Homo’s creation coincided with Easter 1925, made as an act of meditation marking the festival. This excellent portrayal showcases Corinthians’ skills in combining both art styles to create a compelling visual piece that accurately reflects the meaning behind Jesus’ presentation to the people.

The artwork’s dimensions are Plate: 35 × 29.5 cm; Sheet: 49.5 × 37 cm., portraying Christ centrally located within the piece, signifying central focus. It stands out due to its powerful depiction of suffering, which accurately captures the moment when Jesus was scorned by society before being crucified for His beliefs. Both George Grosz (1922-23) and Corinth produced significant depictions of this pivotal moment in Christian history; however, Corinth’s approach shows his unique use of light within the scene that gives it extra detail and realism.

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