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Ernst Ludwig Kirchner (1880 – 1938)


German expressionist painter and one of the founders of the artists group Die Brücke.
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Ernst Ludwig Kirchner
The German artist creates out of his imagination,inner vision,the forms of visible nature are to him only a symbol.
Kirchner quotes
The technical procedures doubtless release energies in the artist that remain unused in the much more lightweight processes of drawing or painting (remark on printmaking).
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It is not a question of trying to reproduce objective features, only of good practice for the fingers and for the perceptive faculty, and that too is very useful. You must have read how Van Gogh was always getting his brother to send him drawings to copy. And how Rembrandt used to copy Indian an Italian pictures. Not of course, because they were short of material, but to get 'du corps'. So one should be always drawing... ...Oh, you’d love the Indians. The pure, Aryan Indians, not those one could see in Berlin, whose forms had become rigid and sterile through mingling with the Chinese.




Kirchner Ernst Ludwig quotes
Every day I studied the nude, and movement in the streets and in the shops. Out of the naturalistic surface with all its variations I wanted to derive the pictorially determined surface.
Kirchner Ernst Ludwig
All art needs this visible world and will always need it. Quite simply because, being accessible to all, it is the key to all other worlds.
Ernst Ludwig Kirchner quotes
The way in which I depict people was now influenced very strongly by my third wife..and her sister.The beautiful,shapely architectonically structured bodies of those two girls,replaced the soft Saxon bodies.
Ernst Ludwig Kirchner
I begin with movement... ...I believe that all human visual experiences are born from movement…
Kirchner Ernst Ludwig quotes
A painter paints the appearance of things, not their objective correctness, in fact he creates new appearances of things.
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The struggle for existence is very difficult here (Berlin), but the possibilities are also greater. I hope that we can create a fruitful new school and convince many new friends of the value of our efforts.
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They (his Street scene paintings and drawings) originated in the years 1911-14, in one of the loneliest times of my life, during which an agonizing restlessness drove me out onto the streets day and night, which were filled with people and cars.
Ernst Ludwig Kirchner
letter to Nele van de Velde, Frauenkirch, 1919/20; as quoted in ”Letters of the great artists – from Blake to Pollock – ”, Richard Friedenthal, Thames and Hudson, London, 1963, pp. 224-225




Ernst Ludwig Kirchner quotes
It seems as though the goal of my work has always been to dissolve myself completely into the sensations of the surroundings in order to then integrate this into a coherent painterly form.
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