Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Brücke signet (In: Exhibition of the artists' group 'Brücke' (Bridge) at Galerie Commeter Hamburg, 1912), 1912, Staatsgalerie Stuttgart, Department of Print, Drawings and Photographs


Complementing the exhibition »Ernst Ludwig Kirchner – The Unknown Collection«, the Graphik Kabinett is showing a display of drawings and prints by the other members of the »Brücke« group, which Kirchner had co-founded in 1905. The cabinet exhibition draws on the rich holdings of the Staatsgalerie Stuttgart and presents drawings, woodcuts, etchings and lithographs by Erich Heckel (1883-1970), Karl Schmidt-Rottluff (1884- 1976), Emil Nolde (1867-1956), Max Pechstein (1881-1955) and Otto Mueller (1898-1979).

Most of the works on paper are devoted to the human figure. Divorced from strict naturalism, their depiction is spontaneous, simplified and resolutely two-dimensional. The renunciation of ‘correct’ proportions and perspective ran counter to classic academic traditions and allowed the artists to create emotional, ‘expressive’ works that focused on the human figure in an urban setting (street and theatre scenes) as well as in nature (nudes, bathers).

Under the influence of artists such as Paul Gauguin and Edvard Munch, the Brücke artists experimented with printmaking, using bold colours and crudely cut woodblocks printed in strong black and white to give expression to their feelings and passions with great immediacy. By 1911 this style – in the visual arts, but also in literature – had come to be known as Expressionism.

Guided tours

So 1.7. | So 5.8. | So 2.9. | So 15.9.

14.00 Uhr | 5 € / 2,50 €

Explore the artworks of the exhibition in our collection:

Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Signet der Brücke (Umschlag in: Ausstellung der Künstlergruppe Brücke in Galerie Commeter Hamburg), 1912, Staatsgalerie Stuttgart, Graphische Sammlung
Otto Mueller, Bildnis Eugen (Knabenkopf), 1919, Staatsgalerie Stuttgart, Graphische Sammlung
Max Pechstein, Ausstellungsplakat K.G. Brücke, Dresden, Emil Richter, 1909, (mit Porträts von Heckel, Schmidt-Rottluff, Pechstein und Kirchner), Staatsgalerie Stuttgart, Graphische Sammlung © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2018
Max Pechstein, Kabarett, 1910, Staatsgalerie Stuttgart, Graphische Sammlung © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2018
Erich Heckel, Sitzendes und stehendes Mädchen in Landschaft, 1909, Staatsgalerie Stuttgart, Graphische Sammlung © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2018


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