Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, ‘Zwei Bauern’, 1918, Koller Auctions

One of 3 known prints of this state known to date. Signed lower right: ELKirchner, also inscribed: Herzlichen Weihnachtsgruss.Image 15.3 x 11.6 cm on vélin 41.5 x 29 cm. Irregularly trimmed.

Koller Auktionen thanks Prof. Dr. Gercken for his scientific advice.

Image rights: Courtesy Koller Auktionen.

Catalogue raisonné:
Dube, no. H 372 (II from II).
Gercken, no. 905 II.

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