The phenomenon that is German impressionism has been the subject of many exhibitions. To date, however, the focus has almost always been on painting and its French role models. But the groundbreaking function of impressionism for the development of modernism in Germany is an important aspect. This is illustrated in particular in works on paper, in drawings, watercolours, gouache, crayon and prints, as well as in photography. The unacademic, dynamic landscape sketches reflect the desire for artistic freedom. The dissolution of the subject in movement and light also helped Germany to overcome naturalism. In this way, the impressionists blazed a trail for the abstraction and expression of modernism.