Fehmarn Houses, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner
Ernst Ludwig Kirchner
Fehmarn Houses
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Ernst Ludwig Kirchner

Fehmarn Houses, 1908

75 x 98 cm
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Oil on canvas
Inventory Number
Dep. 34
Acquired in 1941 as permanent loan from a private collector
On display, 1st upper level, Modern Art, room 11


About the Work

During his first visit to the Baltic island of Fehmarn, Kirchner painted simple farm cottages, recording the scenes in luminous colours applied in thick brushstrokes. Kirchner soon gave up the technique, which reveals his role model Vincent van Gogh - although Kirchner always denied the influence of contemporary painters. The pastose painting style seemed to him to be too ponderous, too clumsy. This early work from Kirchner's time in Dresden shows the co-founder of the Brücke group of Expressionist artists to be still in search of his own artistic style.

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