Ernst Ludwig Kirchner / Reclining Female Nude / about 1924Ernst Ludwig Kirchner
Reclining Female Nude
about 1924

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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: Reclining Female Nude
View: front
Creation Start Date: 1922
Creation End Date: 1926
Creation Date: about 1924
Object Type: Drawings and Watercolors
Classification Term: watercolor, graphite and oil pastel
Materials and Techniques: watercolor, graphite and oil pastel on off-white medium-weight smooth wove paper
Dimensions: H.13-7/8 x W.20-5/8 in.
AMICA Contributor: The Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Owner Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
ID Number: 92.52
Credit Line: Gift of George Rickey

Reclining Female Nude depicts a woman stretched out on a sofa in a corner of Kirchner's studio in Davos, Switzerland. Kirchner was sent to Davos in 1917 to recuperate from a mental breakdown brought on by the First World War. The studio became a site of renewed creativity for Kirchner just as it was during his earlier days as an Expressionist in Dresden and Berlin. In this drawing, Kirchner focuses on the angularity of the woman's body and the rich design of the sofa, which seems to parallel her stiff pose. The bright colors and geometric patterns could well relate to the compositions Kirchner made for his friend Lise Gujer, who made tapestries after the artist's paintings between 1924 and 1926.

AMICA ID: MIA_.92.52
Component Measured: sheet
Measurement Unit: in
AMICA Library Year: 1998
Media Metadata Rights: ?The Minneapolis Institute of Arts

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