Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, ‘Strassenszene (D. H235/B; Sch. H218; G. 643/2)’, 1913-14, Sotheby's

Property from the Collection of Catherine Woodard and Nelson Blitz, Jr.

A fine impression of this very rare woodcut, signed in pencil, dated '12', printed on heavy wove paper, framed.

image: 255 by 266 mm 10 by 10 1/2 in
sheet: 401 by 343 mm 15 3/4 by 13 1/2 in

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From the Catalogue:
With the Unverkäuflich E L Kirchner inkstamp on the verso, signifying rarity; and with the artist's estate stamp (Lugt 1570b) inscribed 'FH 218'.

There are five known impressions of this extraordinarily rare work. Four impressions printed in black have been located; this example is the only one known to include color. The purple ink was printed in a monotype fashion.

This impression cited in Gercken.
—Courtesy of Sotheby’s

Sammlung von der Goltz, Düsseldorf

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