Ernst Ludwig Kirchner and Friends: Expressionism from the Swiss Mountains

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Ernst Kirchner, seminal expressionist painter and founding member of the influential artists’ collective Die Brücke, came to the Swiss mountains during World War I to recuperate from a nervous breakdown. Ernst Ludwig Kirchner and his Friends is the first book to explore how Kirchner became a role model, teacher, and mentor for younger artists during his time in Davos.

The momentous artistic exchange between Kirchner and his young admirers—whose ranks included the German Philipp ...

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Overview

Ernst Kirchner, seminal expressionist painter and founding member of the influential artists’ collective Die Brücke, came to the Swiss mountains during World War I to recuperate from a nervous breakdown. Ernst Ludwig Kirchner and his Friends is the first book to explore how Kirchner became a role model, teacher, and mentor for younger artists during his time in Davos.

The momentous artistic exchange between Kirchner and his young admirers—whose ranks included the German Philipp Bauknecht, the Dutch Jan Wiegers, and the members of the Swiss Gruppe Rot-Blau—established a dialogue that had a formative influence on the direction of European art in the twentieth century. This matchless volume provides a record of the extraordinary bond that developed between a legendary—yet ailing—artist and the up-and-coming Gruppe Rot-Blaue in Switzerland.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9783858817068
  • Publisher: Scheidegger and Spiess
  • Publication date: 9/15/2007
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Beat Stutzer is director of the Bündner Kunstmuseum Chur (Museum of Art of the Grisons) in Chur, Switzerland, and a curator at the Segantini Museum in St. Mortiz, Switzerland.
Samuel Vitali is a curator at the Museum of Fine Arts, Bern, Switzerland.
Han Steenbruggen is a curator of twentieth-century art at the Groninger Museum, the Netherlands.
Matthias Frehner is director of the Museum of Fine Arts in Bern, Switzerland.
 
 
 

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Table of Contents

Foreword
      Matthias Frehner, Kees van Twist, and Beat Stutzer
Expressionism from the Mountains? An Introduction
      Beat Stutzer
Mountain Landscapes from Davos—"the big intensification"
      Matthias Frehner
The Image of the Artist: Self-Portraits and Portraits of Fellow Artists by Kirchner and His Circle in the 1920s
      Samuel Vitali
Between the "New Human" and Melancholy: Aspects of Kirchner's and the Rot-Blau Artists' Concept of the Human being
      Kathleen Bühler
The Sculptures of Kirchner, Scherer, Müller, and Wiegers
      Wolfgang Henze
Earthly Paradise: Krichner, Nudes and Partnerships
      Roland Scotti
Barn Dances and Tango Teas
      Beat Stutzer
The "Alternative World of the South": Mendrisiotto Landscapes
      Beat Stutzer
Jan Wiegers: Expressionism from the Alps to the Polder
      Han Steenbruggen
Jumping the Line: Freedom of Movement in the Works of Kirchner's Artist Friends from Basel
      Peter Suter
Chronicle of the Years 1917 to 1928
      Beat Stutzer
A Walk through the Kirchner Exhibition in Winterthur (1924). Introduction by Beat Stutzer
      Georg Schmidt

Catalogue of Exhibited Works
Selected Literature
Authors' Biographies
Credits

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