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Ernst Ludwig Kirchner

The painter Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, was born in Aschaffenburg in 1880. He studied architecture at the technical college in Dresden, and with Erich Heckel, Fritz Bleyl and Karl Schmidt-Rottluff, he founded the artists' association Die Brücke (The Bridge). They developed an intense use of color and lines with which they could explore their modern themes of "sexuality, the link between man and nature and big-city life," and express their inner experiences in a very direct style. In 1915 the artist, who had been living in Berlin since 1915, "volunteered" for the army. During basic training in Halle he suffered a physical and mental breakdown. Kirchner worked through his personal crisis, giving it graphic form in some of the 20th century's major works of art. In 1917 he moved to Davos in the Swiss canton of Grisons, where he lived and worked until he took his own life on June 15, 1938.

Books by Ernst Ludwig Kirchner
The Photographic Work
Other artists