Ernst Ludwig Kirchner / Portrait of Ludwig Schames / 1917Ernst Ludwig Kirchner
Portrait of Ludwig Schames

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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: Portrait of Ludwig Schames
View: front
Creation Start Date: 1917
Creation End Date: 1917
Creation Date: 1917
Object Type: Prints
Materials and Techniques: woodcut
Dimensions: H.22-1/4 x W.10-3/4 in.
AMICA Contributor: The Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Owner Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
ID Number: P.13,425
Credit Line: The Ethel Morrison Van Derlip Fund

This woodcut head of the art dealer Ludwig Schames is one of Kirchner's most powerful portraits. It was commissioned in 1918 by the Frankfurt Art Association, a full year after Beckmann began exhibiting art in Schames's gallery. By this time Kirchner was living in a small hut in the Swiss Alps, recuperating from his devastating experiences in the First World War. Kirchner printed the whole edition of either 120 or 180 prints by hand, since he did not have a printing press. He created the portrait from memory, elongating Schames's severe features to fit the irregularly-shaped block of wood. The nude woman in the background is probably one of Kirchner's own wood sculptures. The force of the gouged marks and cross-hatchings, the uneven printing, and the unusual composition lend this portrait a sense of immediacy and expressivity typical of the best of Kirchner's Expressionist works.

AMICA ID: MIA_.P.13,425
Measurement Unit: in
AMICA Library Year: 2000
Media Metadata Rights: ?The Minneapolis Institute of Arts

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