Ernst Ludwig Kirchner

Platz in Dresden

2,580€  *
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  • Papier

  • Pencil on smooth, thin paper

  • 1911

  • 10,3 x 17,2 cm

  • We would like to thank Gerd Presler for his kind information

  • Private collection Germany

  • 1880 Aschaffenburg - 1938 Frauenkirch-Wildboden

  • Unsigned sketch

  • According to Gerd Presler, the work originates from an abolished sketch book from 1911 and possibly depicts the Albertplatz in the Dresdener Neustadt, framed under glass – Verso glued in places to mat support


Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, born in 1880 in Aschaffenburg and died in 1938 in Davos, is among the most recognized representatives of German Expressionism. Even though painting and printmaking were his main areas, the artist also sculpted, photographed and designed. During his youth, Kirchner was often moving with his family, living in Bavaria, Frankfurt am Main, the Swiss Perlen and Chemnitz. In his years at the Technical School in Dresden, studying architecture, Kirchner became interested in printmaking and executed his first woodcuts. After the exchange at the School of Art in Munich, back in Dresden in 1905, the artist founded the group Die Brücke, together with his university friends Karl Schmidt-Rottluff, Erich Heckel and Fritz Bleyl. Both in their artistic practice, manifestos and life, Die Brücke pursued freedom of expression and liberation from the art of the past. In 1906, Kirchner started to exhibit extensively with the group and three years later, during a exhibition at the Galerie Richter in Dresden, he bought his first camera and began to document the bohème. Undoubtedly, the year 1913 remained crucial in his career. Firstly, because of his "Chronicle of Die Brücke", which resulted in the collapse of the group. Secondly, the invitation to the Armory Show in 1913, today recognized as the first exhibition of modern art, solidified Kirchner's place as one of the most important figures of 20th century art. In the time of the Nazi Regime, he was considered as one of the degenerate artists and included in the exhibition "Entartete Kunst" (1937). Today, his works are in numerous museum and public collections, just to highlight the Brücke Museum in Dresden and Kirchner Museum in Davos, where he lived and worked from 1918 until his death. Recently, the exhibition "The Double Kirchner" (February-May 2015) at the Kusnthalle Mannheim presented some of his exceptional double-sided paintings.

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