Unlike most other painters, the well-to-do young man from Berlin, Max Liebermann was welcome at the Zweeloo Inn. He spent the whole summer there and they even walked to Hoogeveen (5 hours) to get fresh meat for him. He took breakfast with the manager and his servants and thought them to be the best people in the world. Whether or not this was because they all spoke Lowlands Saxon, the story doesn’t tell us. Whatever the case, it was his painting of De Bleek in Zweeloo that made Liebermann’s name and Zweeloo’s fame. The painting – which caused a sensation at the Paris Salon in 1883 – brought many painters to Zweeloo.