Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, ‘Akt Gruppe mit liegendem Reh’, 1922, Koller Auctions

One of 4 known prints to date. Trial proof. Signed and dated lower right: ELKirchner 22, as well as titled lower left: Probedruck. Image 18.2 x 18.2 cm on vélin 23.7 x 21 cm. Probably trimmed.

Koller Auktionen thanks Prof. Dr. Gercken for his scientific advice. The work will be included with the title "Adam und Eva mit Schlange und liegendem Reh" in his forthcoming catalogue of prints by Ernst Ludwig Kirchner under the number 1493.

Image rights: Courtesy Koller Auktionen.

Catalogue raisonné: Dube, Nr. R525 (II von III).

About Ernst Ludwig Kirchner

A leading figure in the early-20th-century German Expressionist group Die Brücke, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner produced paintings, prints, and sculptures that opposed the conventions of academic art. His nudes, landscapes, and scenes of urban life on the eve of World War I are known for their unsettling effects of psychological tension and eroticism, while his powerful, crudely executed black-and-white woodcuts illustrated many books and magazines, including Germany’s leading avant-garde periodical Der Sturm. Albrecht Dürer was a lifelong influence on Kirchner, but painters such as Edvard Munch and Vincent van Gogh, as well as African and Polynesian art, inspired his use of bright colors, simplified forms, and malevolent, mask-like faces. His art was labeled as “degenerate” by the Nazis in the 1930s, and he would commit suicide in 1937.

German, 1880-1938, Aschaffenburg, Germany, based in Dresden, Germany