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

Ernst Ludwig Kirchner - Chalk drawing

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Sitzender Akt im Atelier. 1909/10.
Black Chalk drawing.
With the estate stamp of the Kunstmuseum Basel (Lugt 1570 b) and the handwritten registration number “K Dre / Bg 119” on the reverse. On firm brown wove paper. 60 x 49.6 cm (23.6 x 19.5 in), the full sheet.
The dating 1909/1910 can be deduced from the similar postcard “Tanzender Kirchner im neuen Atelier” showing a male nude, which Kirchner sent to Erich Heckel on November 2, 1909, as well as from the black chalk drawing “Akte im Atelier” on cardboard with the same dimensions from the collection of Dr. E. W. Kornfeld, created after November 2, 1909 [CH].

• From the sought-after Dresden “Brücke” period.
• Large-format, intimate sketch made in the artist's studio.
• During these years, the Dresden studio at Berliner Straße 80 was not only a living and working space for the “Brücke” artists, but also a meeting place for amateur female models.
• This work presumably shows the model “Fritzi” (postcard to Erich Heckel, November 2, 1909).
• With a few skillfully placed contours, Kirchner describes the female figure within the surrounding interior

Wir danken Herrn Prof. Dr. Dr. Gerd Presler für wissenschaftliche Hinweise.

PROVENANCE: Estate of the artist (Davos 1938, Kunstmuseum Basel 1946).
Stuttgarter Kunstkabinett Roman Norbert Ketterer, Munich (1954).
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. 140, SHG no. 118 (illu.).
Hermann Gerlinger, Katja Schneider (eds.), Die Maler der Brücke. Inventory catalog Hermann Gerlinger Collection, Halle (Saale) 2005, p. 301, SHG no. 679 (illu.).

Characteristic nude drawing in an impressive format. Creased mainly in the corners, with some creases and folds. The left and right edges of the image slightly irregular, the right edge with isolated small tears, partially backed on the reverse. The drawing slightly rubbed.
For information concerning the condition, please view the high resolution image / backside image.

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