Wild Ground, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner
Ernst Ludwig Kirchner
Wild Ground
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Ernst Ludwig Kirchner

Wild Ground, 1924


Blatt
355 x 458 mm
Physical Description
Watercolour and gouache over pencil on wove cardboard
Inventory Number
SG 2930
Object Number
SG 2930 Z
Status
Can be presented in the study room of the Graphische Sammlung (special opening hours)

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About the Work

For Kirchner, life in Switzerland led to a “new way of seeing and creating”. According to the artist, the clear mountain air influenced his vivid colour choices. This watercolour is moreover distinguished by a great number of small brushstrokes placed one next to the other. Their arrangement in rows forms an ornamental pattern on the surface of the work, reminiscent of the structure of oriental carpets. It is for this reason that Kirchner scholars frequently refer to the artist’s style of his late Davos years as the “carpet style”.

Work Data

Basic Information

Title
Wild Ground
Draughtsman
Period Produced
Object Type
Physical Description
Watercolour and gouache over pencil on wove cardboard
Material
Technique
Geographic Reference
Production Reason
Label at the Time of Manufacture
Signiert unten links (mit Bleistift): ELKirchner
Captions Added Later
Verso Stempel der Städtischen Galerie, Frankfurt am Main (Lugt 2371c) verso: unten links Stempel in Dunkelviolett, Schwarz: Stettiner Museumsverein, Feder in Schwarz: No 81. (Stempel zweimal durchgestrichen), Stempel in Schwarz: Slg. Hagemann / mit Bleistift: 1142
Watermark
  • Nicht vorhanden

Property and Acquisition

Institution
Administration
Collection
Creditline
Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Picture Copyright
© Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main, Foto: U. Edelmann

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Research and Discussion

Provenance

Object History
Carl Hagemann (1867-1940), Frankfurt
Nachlass Carl Hagemann, 1940
erworben von der Städtischen Galerie, Frankfurt am Main, 1949.

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Last update

25.01.2021