Ernst Ludwig Kirchner / Wrestlers in a Circus / 1909Ernst Ludwig Kirchner
Wrestlers in a Circus

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Creator Name: Kirchner, Ernst Ludwig
Creator Nationality: European; Northern European; German
Creator Role: Artist
Creator Dates/Places: 1880 - 1938
Gender: M
Creator Name-CRT: Ernst Ludwig Kirchner
Title: Wrestlers in a Circus
Title Type: Primary
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 1909
Creation End Date: 1909
Creation Date: 1909
Object Type: Paintings
Materials and Techniques: oil on canvas
Dimensions: Framed: 107.5cm x 121cm x 7cm, Unframed: 80.5cm x 94cm
Inscriptions: signed lower left: E. L. Kirchner.
AMICA Contributor: The Cleveland Museum of Art
Owner Location: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
ID Number: 1966.49
Credit Line: Contemporary Collection of The Cleveland Museum of Art and Bequest of William R. Valentiner
Provenance: Allan Frumkin (purchased in Germany); (E. V. Thaw, 1966).
Context: The most gifted of the artists known as Die Brücke (The Bridge), Ernst Ludwig Kirchner painted disturbing subjects in a deliberately shocking, violent style. Around 1908 he began depicting street scenes, cabarets, and circus performers. Among his favorite subjects were snake-charmers, acrobats, and wrestlers. Such "exotic" spectacles appelaed to the group's revolutionary disposition, expressed in their statement: "We who possess the future shall create for ourselves a physical and spiritual freedom opposed to the values of the comfortable, established older generation." This painting of circus wrestlers, with sinister figures crowding nearby, is rendered in an uncompromisingly bold style-with intense colors and mat, unvarnished paint surfaces.
AMICA ID: CMA_.1966.49
AMICA Library Year: 2001
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright, The Cleveland Museum of Art

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