Lovis Corinth’s childhood on his parents’ farm was marked by internal conflicts and quarrels with his significantly older step siblings. These profoundly negative experiences characterize Corinth. Throughout his life, he was dominated by self-doubt, melancholy and depression. From 1876 he was enrolled at the Königsberg Art Academy, followed by study visits to the Munich painters and teachers Franz von Defregger and Ludwig von Löfftz. He then went on to study in Paris, where, despite the prevailing trends, he became less interested in modern developments such as Impressionism and continued to be interested in academic classicist traditions.