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Die Brücke

 

 

All true artists, whether they know it or not, create from a place of no-mind, from inner stillness.

- Ernst Ludwig Kirchner

Die Brücke (The Bridge) was a group of German expressionist artists formed in Dresden in 1905. Founding members were Fritz Bleyl, Erich Heckel, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner and Karl Schmidt-Rottluff. Later members were Emil Nolde, Max Pechstein and Otto Mueller. The group was one of the seminal ones, which in due course had a major impact on the evolution of modern art in the 20th century and created the style of Expressionism.

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by Karl Schmidt-Rottluff

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BRUCKE PROFILE by Bob Kessel

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KRISTUS by Bob Kessel

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DIAMOND HEAD by Bob Kessel

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SELF PORTRAIT WITH MODEL by Ernst Ludwig Kirchner

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ARTIST WITH MODEL by Bob Kessel

Born May 6, 1880, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner studied architecture and painting before forming the artists’ group Die Brücke (“The Bridge”) in Dresden on 7 June 1905, with Fritz Bleyl, Erich Heckel, and Karl Schmidt-Rottluff. Kirchner moved to Berlin in 1911, and within two years the group split.

Kirchner worked at a feverish pace, producing art that drew its subject matter from his studio life with artist friends and models, the street and nightclub life of the city, and summer trips to beaches. His works were exhibited and collected from 1905, and by the mid-teens Kirchner had a number of devoted collectors, both private and institutional.

At the outbreak of World War I in 1914, Kirchner joined the German army, but eventually suffered a nervous breakdown. Despite ill health and struggles to recover, he continued to produce major paintings, prints, drawings and sculpture. In 1917 he moved to Davos, Switzerland, and began to include in his work images of rural life and the surrounding Alps. Through the 1920s major exhibitions of his work were held in Berlin, Frankfurt, Dresden, and other cities. In 1931 he was made a member of the Prussian Academy.

Labeled a degenerate artist by the Nazis, Kirchner was asked to resign from the Berlin Academy of Arts in 1933. In 1937, more than 600 of his works were confiscated from German museums and were either destroyed or sold, many ending up in America. In 1938 the psychological suffering caused by the Nazi authorities rejecting him as “un-German,” the dispersal and destruction of his works, and the Nazi occupation of Austria so close to his home in Davos led to Kirchner’s suicide.

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BERLIN FRAU  print by Bob Kessel exhibited at gallery show

Bob Kessel has created an art series based on the works of Ernst Ludwig Kirchner like in the print shown below titled, “BERLIN FRAU”. They are available as signed and numbered limited edition fine art prints. Contact Bob Kessel for pricing and availability.

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BERLIN FRAU by Bob Kessel

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GREEN GIRL by Bob Kessel

FRANZI by Bob Kessel

BARE BACK by Bob Kessel

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BRUCKE MADCHEN by Bob Kessel

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ZWEI NACKTEN FRAUEN by Bob Kessel

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GESPRACH
by Bob Kessel

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SZENE IM WALD
by Bob Kessel

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ZWEI SITZENDE MADCHEN
by Bob Kessel

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UNTERHALTUNG
by Bob Kessel

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MADCHEN VOR DEM SPIEGEL
by Bob Kessel

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KATZEN
by Bob Kessel



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