Kirchner – Staging Nature and Life
The Late Works of Ernst Ludwig Kirchner and Jens Ferdinand Willumsen
An exceptional talent, master of Expressionist art, cofounder of Die Brücke group. Where Ernst Ludwig Kirchner’s work is concerned, superlatives are basic. It is all the more surprising, therefore, that there has been little critical appraisal of one of the most important chapters in the painter’s life and oeuvre. Besides his Expressionist acme, his imposing later-phase work deserves special attention and recognition.
In exile in Davos, Kirchner again managed to produce an outstanding cycle of pictures, before committing suicide at the age of fifty-eight. Though continuing to use his inimitable style, he nevertheless invented something entirely new. Nature appears as an intoxicating space in intense colors, where the dignity of the human figure is negotiated in a dynamic aesthetic.
The scholarly publication gives readers the complete picture in the context of another Expressionist living in a self-imposed exile during those years: Danish painter J. F. Willumsen (1863–1958). The juxtaposition of Kirchner and Willumsen poses a visually persuasive and entirely new perspective on an intense, colorful and vitalist vision of painting from the 1910s–1930s.
|Cover||Paperback with flaps|
|Contributors||Anders Ehlers Dam, Uwe Fleckner, Anne Gregersen et al.|
|Type of book||Exhib'publication|
|Museum / Place||Willumsens Museum, Frederikssund|