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Two Women (recto)

Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, German, (1880–1938)

Creation date: Circa 1910

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Medium and Support: Colored crayon on paper
Credit Line: Gift from the Estate of Vance E. Kondon and Liesbeth Giesberger.
Accession Number: 2011.109.b
Dimensions: 14 5/16 in. x 18 1/8 in. (36.35 cm x 46.04 cm)

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Kirchner was one of the founders of Die Brücke and perhaps its most important driving force. His studio became the meeting place of the movement, the epicenter of their bohemian lifestyle. Nudity was common in this environment (as was casual love-making), and rather than hiring professional models, the artists studied their friends in their frequent life-drawing sessions.
In this double-sided drawing, and in the others by Kirchner exhibited nearby, one sees his typical reduction of a figure to a series of contour lines, a paring down of form that was surely inspired by Matisse, whose works were exhibited in Berlin in early 1909. Quickly drawn, abbreviated sketches from live models—which Kirchner called “hieroglyphs”—were a key part of his practice in the early years of Die Brücke.
Last Updated: 7/26/2012

Exhibition

This object was included in the following exhibitions:

Early 20th Century German Art from the Vance E. Kondon Collection , 1/28/1984 - 3/11/1984

The Human Beast San Diego Museum of Art , 7/21/2012 - 11/11/2012

Expressionism in Germany and France: From Van Gogh to Kandinsky Los Angeles County Museum of Art , 6/8/2014 - 9/14/2014

Van Gogh to Kandinsky: Expressionism to Impressionism, 1900-1914 , 10/11/2014 - 1/25/2015

Bibliography

This object has the following bibliographic references:

Mr. Steven L. Brezzo and Ida Katherine Rigby. Early 20th Century German Art from the Vance E. Kondon Collection The San Diego Museum Art. January 1984
Page Number: 8, 20

Timothy O. Benson and Peter Kropmanns. Expressionism in Germany and France: From Van Gogh to Kandinsky LACMA and Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. Germany, 2014
Page Number: 135, Figure Number: 86


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