Professor Deshmukh, who retired in Spring of 2015, after a very long and distinguished career at GMU, specializes in German intellectual history. Her book Max Liebermann: Modern Art and Modern Germany is the first English language examination of Liebermann's life and work.
Liebermann, who typically worked in an impressionist style. was a pivotal figure in German artistic modernism and a prominent anti fascist. Professor Deshmukh's book will bring his work and its context to a wider audience. One reviewer concludes, "At long last, a monograph in English on Max Liebermann, one of Germany’s most important cultural figures of the modern era. Meticulously researched, this study is especially welcome for the way in which it weaves together and illuminates Liebermann’s life, art and times in ways that enormously enrich our understanding of how culture intersected with politics in a period of fraught and conflicting ideologies."
October 10, 2015