The German artist Lovis Corinth was born in Tapiau, East Prussia, in 1858. Trained as a realist painter, he was primarily interested in religious, mythological, and historical subjects and devoted much of his work to them. The original print of William Tell in the Handwerker's collection clearly testifies to this preoccupation. Corinth also painted erotic studio nudes and a series of self-portraits, moving from a realistic and plenairist idiom to a more expressionistic one toward the end of his life. He died in 1925 in Zandvoort, Netherlands.