Estate stamp and registration number, "H 444 II," verso.

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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.

High auction record
$38.1m, Christie's, 2006
Established
Represented by industry leading galleries.
Collected by major museums
Tate, Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA)
Selected exhibitions
2019
Modern & tribal mastersBeck & Eggeling
2018
WOW! The Heidi Horten CollectionLeopold Museum
Painter. Mentor. Magician.: Otto Mueller And His Network In WrocławHamburger Bahnhof - Museum für Gegenwart – Berlin
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Couple (Lovers), 1921

Woodcut on heavy off-white wove paper.
15 3/4 × 23 5/8 in
40 × 60 cm
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New York
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Estate stamp and registration number, "H 444 II," verso.

Medium

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.

High auction record
$38.1m, Christie's, 2006
Established
Represented by industry leading galleries.
Collected by major museums
Tate, Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA)
Selected exhibitions (3)

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