Ernst Ludwig Kirchner

German , 1880 - 1938

Leading German Expressionist painter, sculptor, and printmaker Ernst Ludwig Kirchner studied architecture at the Dresden Technische Hochschule and art in Munich at the Kunsthochschule. Though critics have often tied Kirchner to influences such as Fauvism (Matisse in particular), Cubism, and postimpressionism, the artist himself always denied the influence of others.

In 1905, Kirchner was one of the founding members of the Der Brücke group of avant-garde artists. These artists worked together to develop skills in drawing, painting, and printmaking (woodcut and lithography). Kirchner and Der Brücke were some of the first artists to value printmaking as an independent art form. Even when the design was based on his paintings, Kirchner’s preparation of the matrices and often hand-coloring of the prints, made each print became a unique artistic work.

Kirchner followed other members of Der Brücke to Berlin in 1911, where he produced his most famous street scenes, such as the painting, “Potsdamer Platz” and the related woodcut, “Women in Potsdamer Platz” (1914). After the Dissolution of Der Brücke in 1913 and his marked mental deterioration, Kirchner emigrated to Switzerland and settled near Davos. In 1938, soon after Nazis labeled him a degenerate artist, Kirchner committed suicide.
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Two Standing Nude Women, before a Fir Tree

1926

Harris Schrank Fine Prints

$12,000 - $35,000

Signet of the Artists Group Brucke

1906

Galerie St. Etienne

$35,000 - $70,000

Portrait of a Man and a Woman (Mr. and Mrs. Schiefler)

1923

Galerie St. Etienne

$35,000 - $70,000

Couple (Lovers)

1921

Galerie St. Etienne

$35,000 - $70,000

Martin Monsch

1919

Galerie St. Etienne

Above $100,000

Fanny in Armchair (Fanny Wocke)

1916

Galerie St. Etienne

Above $100,000

Nude Children, Playing

1925

Galerie St. Etienne

$12,000 - $35,000

Sich abtrocknendes Mädchen mit Beinen in Tub (Girl Drying Off with Legs in Tub)

1908

Alice Adam Ltd.

Price upon request

Stilleben

1907

Galerie St. Etienne

$12,000 - $35,000

Segelboote bei Fehmarn

1914

Galerie St. Etienne

Above $100,000

Straßenleben in Dresden

1908

Galerie St. Etienne

$70,000 - $100,000

Kauernder Akt, vom Ruecken gesehn (Crouching Nude Seen from Behind)

1905

Alice Adam Ltd.

Price upon request

Alpenweg mit Wettertanen

1921

Worthington Gallery

Price upon request