Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Two women in the street

The German expressionist painter Ernst Ludwig Kirchner (1880-1938) was one of the founders of the art movement The Bridge. Like Marc and Macke he served in the German army in the Great War, but unlike them he survived, thanks to a nervous breakdown which resulted in an early discharge. His works were later branded as degenerate by the Nazi's, which led to the destruction of hundreds of his paintings and eventually to his suicide. The women on the street theme recurs frequently in his work. More on Kirchner in the wikipedia article linked to below.