Genre & Material
Where can I find this in Berlin?
Max Liebermann was still a student in Weimar when he painted “Women Plucking Geese”. Liebermann was influenced by a contemporary art piece from Mihály von Munkácsy, which shows “Flachspflücker” that he saw in Munkascy’s atelier in Düsseldorf. After he saw Munkascy’s painting, he started his own, his first big oil painting. He didn’t find recognition for his painting based on the fact that the contents shown are impoverished and the colours used are gloomy. Yet the railway millionaire Bethel Strousberg bought it. Liebermann moved to Paris a year later.
We see a dark, impoverished room or stall in which some women are sitting on benches, plucking geese. A man brings some more geese. The feathers are collected in a basket. Nobody is speaking, and the expressions convey seriousness. Everybody is focused on their work and there is no interaction, except for the man, with the leather shoes, passing a goose to one of the workers. The only point of light is a little opened window on the back wall. The lantern on the ceiling was not lit. The light that falls onto the geese pluckers, coming from the painter, is perhaps coming from an opened gate or door.