12/23/2012

Ernst Ludwig Kirchner

Ernst Ludwig Kirchner Winter Moonlit Night woodcut 1919

Ernst Ludwig Kirchner  The Junkerboden under Snow oil on canvas 1936-38

Ernst Ludwig Kirchner Davos in Winter

Ernst Ludwig Kirchner (1880–1938) was one of the founders of Die Brücke or "The Bridge", a German group of painters whose intention was to create a bridge between art of the past and present, ignoring the academic style of the day. Their art became a major influence on Expressionism, in which emotional impact is more important than depictions of visual reality.

During his lifetime Kirchner had a good measure of success and enjoyed a bohemian lifestyle, until the rise of Nazi power. In 1933 the Nazi's called his work "degenerate", and ordered museums in Germany to destroy or sell 600 of Kirchner's works.

Kirchner killed himself with a gunshot in 1938.

I find the above winter landscapes stunningly bold in design and emotionally powerful- the sort of art that cuts to the heart of things. His exaggerated sense of color and simplified form- how should I put it- simply slays me.

All art needs this visible world and will always need it. Quite simply because, 
being accessible to all, it is the key to all other worlds.
-Ernst Ludwig Kirchner




The month of December will be dedicated to the theme of "Winter". Please email your suggestion (not your own work please) with a few words to decribe why you like it. Be sure to include the title, medium, size and year.

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