Charlotte Berend-Corinth was the sister of writer Alice Berend and later the wife of the famous painter Lovis Corinth. Their daughter Wilhelmina later became an actress and author. In 1926 she became a member of the Berlin Secession and edited and published the autobiography of her deceased husband. One year later she opened her own Art School in Berlin.
In 1939, Berend-Corinth fled from Nazi Germany over Switzerland to New York following her son Thomas, who already lived there. Only a few months later she settled in Santa Barbara, California, where she painted landscapes of local scenes. Her daughter also followed her in 1948, when Berend-Corinth returned to New York. In 1958 she published the catalogue raisonné of her husband.