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Art (1900-1945) > Expressionism Ernst Ludwig Kirchner - Biography

Ernst Ludwig Kirchner - Pen and India ink drawing

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Männlicher Akt. 1909.
Pen and India ink drawing.
On off-white wove paper. 21.5 x 13.8 cm (8.4 x 5.4 in), size of sheet.
Presumably from the sketchbook 4 (Presler Skb 4) from 1908. Similar works are "Liegender am Moritzburger See", 1909 (in: Brigitte Schad (ed.), Kirchners Badende, Aschaffenburg 2021, p. 54) and "Liegendes Mädchen mit Stirnband", 1910 (in: Kunstblätter der Galerie Nierendorf, no. 27/28, cat. no. 5, p. 5). [CH/AM].
• Early pen and ink drawing from the sought-after Dresden "Brücke" period with the pure outline characteristic of the "Brücke" without interior structure.
• Male nudes are very rare in artist's oeuvre.
• Possibly from the sketchbook 4 (1908, Presler Skb 4).
• Kirchner used the sketchbook as an independent place of compositional density and velocity, created in the "ecstasy of the moment".
• During these years, the Dresden studio on Berliner Strasse was not only the living and working space of the "Brücke" artists, but also a meeting place for numerous, mostly female, amateur models.
• In fast, dynamic drawings, Kirchner and the "Brücke" artists devoted themselves to the study of nudes and the casual, natural nudity, both in the studio and plein-air

We are grateful to Prof. Dr. Dr. Gerd Presler for his kind expert advice.

PROVENANCE: Hermann Gerlinger Collection, Würzburg (with the collector's stamp, Lugt 6032).

EXHIBITION: Schleswig-Holsteinisches Landesmuseum, Schloss Gottorf, Schleswig (permanent loan from the Hermann Gerlinger Collection, 1995-2001).
Kunstmuseum Moritzburg, Halle an der Saale (permanent loan from the Hermann Gerlinger Collection, 2001-2017).
Buchheim Museum, Bernried (permanent loan from the Hermann Gerlinger Collection, 2017-2022).

LITERATURE: Heinz Spielmann (ed.), Die Maler der Brücke. Sammlung Hermann Gerlinger, Stuttgart 1995, p. 143, SHG no. 126 (with illu.).
Hermann Gerlinger, Katja Schneider (eds.), Die Maler der Brücke. Inventory catalog Hermann Gerlinger Collection, Halle (Saale) 2005, p. 302, SHG no. 685 (with illu.).

In very good condition. Paper with isolated stains and a kink.
For information concerning the condition, please view the high resolution image / backside image.

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