Ernst Ludwig Kirchner

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Ernst Ludwig Kirchner – a german expresionnist painter

Ernst Ludwig Kirchner was born in Aschaffenburg, Bavaria, on May 6th, 1880. His parents were of Prussian descent, and his mother was a descendant of the Huguenots. As Kirchner's father searched for a job, the family moved frequently. Kirchner attended schools in Frankfurt and Perlen until his father earned the Professor of Paper Sciences position at the College of Technology in Chemnitz, where Kirchner attended secondary school. Although Kirchner's parents encouraged his artistic career, they also wanted him to complete his formal education.

A successful skilled artist

 In 1901, he began studying architecture at the royal technical university of Dresden. The institution provided a wide range of studies and architecture, such as freehand drawing, perspective drawing, and the historical study of art. While studying, he became close friends with Fritz Bleyl, whom Kirchner met during the first term. They discussed art together and also studied nature, having a radical outlook in common. Kirchner continued his studies in Munich 1903–1904 and returned to Dresden in 1905 to complete his degree. Kirchner achieved his diploma successfully and took up several different art courses, which seemed to be his passion even at this early stage in his life. Having completed his father's wish, he could now focus on the thing he loves to do, including courses in composition theory, life drawing, and a plethora of fundamental skills required for any successful artist. He had found his passion and made his studies successful with visits to museums and art galleries to study original artworks close up. His works continued to be exhibited in different places. It created a significant influence on a new generation. He died on June 15th, 1938.

Important artworks

  • View of Basel and the rhine(1927-1928)
  • Berlin street scene(1913-1914)
  • Mountain atelier(1937)
  • Archer at Wildboden(1935-1937)
  • Self-portrait (1937-1938)
  • Tress(1935)
  • View into the café(1935)
  • At the forest edge(1935-1936)