Head of Erna, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner
Ernst Ludwig Kirchner
Head of Erna
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Ernst Ludwig Kirchner

Head of Erna, 1912

468 x 404 mm
278 x 200 mm
Physical Description
Woodcut in black, hand-coloured with brush in green, pink, and white, on laid paper
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68006 D
Acquired in 2019 as a bequest from Ulrike Crespo from the Karl Ströher Collection
Can be presented in the study room of the Graphische Sammlung (special opening hours)


About the Work

By way of printmaking, Kirchner found new forms. His pictorial language in the woodcut medium ranged from emphatic simplification to the highest degree of differentiation. Clearly outlined zones as well as precise lines and short parallel hatching form the head of Erna Schilling (1884–1945). The artist executed the woodcut in 1912, the year he met his model, who would be become his lifelong partner. This brush-coloured copy from the Crespo bequest is the only known copy.

About the Acquisition

The Städel Museum has the photographer, psychotherapist, philanthropist, and long-time Frankfurt resident Ulrike Crespo (1950–2019) to thank for more than ninety works ranging from classical modernism to American pop art. The paintings, drawings, and prints by Wassily Kandinsky, Otto Dix, Oskar Schlemmer, Max Ernst, Jean Dubuffet, Cy Twombly, and others originally belonged to the holdings of her grandfather, the Darmstadt-based industrialist Karl Ströher (1890–1977), who amassed an extensive art collection after World War II.

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