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ERNST LUDWIG KIRCHNER by Bob Kessel
May 3rd, 2011 by admin

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

- Ernst Ludwig Kirchner

 

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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

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FRANZI by Bob Kessel

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BARE BACK by Bob Kessel

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BRUCKE MADCHEN by Bob Kessel

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ZWEI NACKTEN FRAUEN by Bob Kessel

 

 

BRUCKE MADCHEN
Apr 6th, 2010 by admin

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BRUCKE MADCHEN by Bob Kessel

“BRUCKE MADCHEN” by Bob Kessel,  is based on the works of Ernst Ludwig Kirchner and the other Die Brücke artists known for their woodblock prints. It can be purchased as a signed and numbered limited edition original fine art print. Contact Bob Kessel for prices and availability.

2 NUDES by Bob Kessel
Apr 6th, 2010 by admin

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2 NUDES by Bob Kessel

“2 NUDES” by Bob Kessel, based on the works of Ernst Ludwig Kirchner and the Die Brucke artists, can be purchased as a signed and numbered limited edition original fine art print. Contact Bob Kessel for prices and availability.

DIAMOND RED NUDES by Bob Kessel
Apr 5th, 2010 by admin

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DIAMOND RED NUDES by Bob Kessel

“DIAMOND RED NUDES” by Bob Kessel, based on the works of Ernst Ludwig Kirchner and the Die Brucke artists, can be purchased as a signed and numbered limited edition original fine art print. Contact Bob Kessel for prices and availability.

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