Forest Scene (Moritzburg Lakes), Ernst Ludwig Kirchner
Ernst Ludwig Kirchner
Forest Scene (Moritzburg Lakes)
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Ernst Ludwig Kirchner

Forest Scene (Moritzburg Lakes), ca. 1909 – 1925


Dimensions
78.0 x 89.0 cm
Inventory Number
Dep. 12
Acquisition
Possession of the Städel Museum
Status
Not exhibited

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About the Work

Between 1909 and 1911, the three Brücke artists Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Erich Heckel and Max Pechstein repeatedly went on excursions to the Moritzburg Lakes. As one of the main centres of the burgeoning nudist movement, the location corresponded to their ideals of a simple life close to nature and an uncomplicated approach to the body and sexuality. Accordingly, three women in various stages of undress are lying completely relaxed on towels. A man is standing half hidden behind a birch tree while a girl is swinging in the hammock. The three artists painted the scene at the same time and from the same perspective - a contest among equals. Kirchner, however, overpainted his picture during the 1920s, whereby it now appears considerably more two-dimensional than the typical style of the Brücke artists.

Work Data

Basic Information

Title
Forest Scene (Moritzburg Lakes)
Painter
Backside
Nude at the Studio
Period Produced
School
Object Type
Material
Technique
Label at the Time of Manufacture
Signiert und datiert unten links: E. L. Kirchner 08

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Administration
Collection
Picture Copyright
© Städel Museum
Acquisition
Possession of the Städel Museum

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Motifs and References

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Primary
  • 31D15 adult woman
  • 31AA the (nude) human figure; 'Corpo humano' (Ripa) - AA - female human figure
  • 31A2361 lying on the back with uplifted upper part of the body
  • 31D14 adult man
  • 61D(MORITZBURGER TEICHE) geographical names of countries, regions, mountains, rivers, etc. (MORITZBURGER TEICHE) (MORITZBURGER TEICHE)
  • 25H2143 pond, pool
Secondary
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20.08.2019