Max Liebermann, Self portrait. Max Liebermann (July 20, 1847–Feb 8, 1935) was a German-Jewish painter and printmaker, and one of the leading proponents of Impressionism in Germany. He used his own inherited wealth to assemble an impressive collection of French Impressionist works. He later chose scenes of the bourgeoisie, as well as aspects of his garden near Lake Wannsee, as motifs for his paintings. In Berlin, he became a famous painter of portraits; he is close in spirit to Édouard Manet.