Everything You Never Knew You Wanted to Know About Berlin
Sotheby´s, the world-famous auction house in London where Liebermann´s painting was sold in 2011 for almost a million pounds described it on their page as follows:”According to Dr Matthias Eberle, Gartenlokal an der Havel unter Bäumen, also known as Gartenrestaurant an der Havel, depicts one of the beer gardens on the Wannsee lake, just a few kilometres southwest of Berlin. Liebermann painted scenes of the lake’s restaurants and cafés several times, but only five paintings of this particular venue are recorded. Each of these paintings is signed but not dated. Eberle has concluded that this painting was completed in the summer of 1921, around the same time as a related etching titled Kaffeegarten (Gustav Schiefler, Max Liebermann. Sein graphisches Werk, Berlin, 1923, no. 358).”
Liebermann who since 1910 owned a beautiful villa in Wannsee knew the area like the back of his hand. On top of that, as the owner of a large city house at the very heart of Berlin, he never had any trouble explaining the address to those he wished to receive as his guests. He simply said: “When you come from Charlottenburg, it´s the first house on the left”.
The Liebermanns´ address was Pariser Platz 7 – his house stood right to the left of Brandenburg Gate when reaching Berlin through the Tiergarten.