Monday, October 7, 2013

About an all powerful government - The "degenerate" work of Ernst Ludwig Kirchner 1880-1938


1906 Ernst Ludwig Kirchner (German Expressionist, 1880-1938) Doris with a Ruffled Collar


1909 Ernst Ludwig Kirchner (German Expressionist, 1880-1938) Dodo with a Japanese Umbrella


Ernst Ludwig Kirchner (1880-1938) was one of the founders of the artists group Die Brücke or "The Bridge", a key group leading to the foundation of Expressionism in 20th century art. He volunteered for German army service in the First World War, but soon suffered a breakdown & was discharged. In 1933, his work was branded as "degenerate" by the Nazis. In 1937, he was asked for his resignation from the Berlin Academy of Arts, & over 600 of his works were confiscated from public museums in Germany & were sold or destroyed. In 1938, he committed suicide.


1909-10 Ernst Ludwig Kirchner (German Expressionist, 1880-1938) Marzella


1910 Ernst Ludwig Kirchner (German Expressionist, 1880-1938) Self Portrait with Model


1910 Ernst Ludwig Kirchner (German Expressionist, 1880-1938)


1910 Ernst Ludwig Kirchner (German Expressionist, 1880-1938) Artiste Marcella


1910 Ernst Ludwig Kirchner (German Expressionist, 1880-1938) Kokottenkopf with Feathered Hat


1911 Ernst Ludwig Kirchner (German Expressionist, 1880-1938) Dodo with a Big Feather Hat


1911 Ernst Ludwig Kirchner (German Expressionist, 1880-1938) Portrait of a Woman


1912 Ernst Ludwig Kirchner (German Expressionist, 1880-1938) Lady in the Park


1913 Ernst Ludwig Kirchner (German Expressionist, 1880-1938) Erna Schilling


1913 Ernst Ludwig Kirchner (German Expressionist, 1880-1938) Five Women at the Street


1913 Ernst Ludwig Kirchner (German Expressionist, 1880-1938) Japanese Parasol


1913 Ernst Ludwig Kirchner (German Expressionist, 1880-1938) Street, Berlin


1913 Ernst Ludwig Kirchner (German Expressionist, 1880-1938) Two Women with Basin


1913 Ernst Ludwig Kirchner (German Expressionist, 1880-1938) Woman in a Green Blouse


1913-14 Ernst Ludwig Kirchner (German Expressionist, 1880-1938) Berlin Street Scene


1913-20 Ernst Ludwig Kirchner (German Expressionist, 1880-1938) Woman before a Mirror


1914 Ernst Ludwig Kirchner (German Expressionist, 1880-1938) Gerda


1914 Ernst Ludwig Kirchner (German Expressionist, 1880-1938) Dancing Couple


1914 Ernst Ludwig Kirchner (German Expressionist, 1880-1938) Portrait of Gerda


1914 Ernst Ludwig Kirchner (German Expressionist, 1880-1938) The Garden Cafe


1915 Ernst Ludwig Kirchner (German Expressionist, 1880-1938) Erna with Cigarette


1916 Ernst Ludwig Kirchner (German Expressionist, 1880-1938) Königstein with Red Church


1918 Ernst Ludwig Kirchner (German Expressionist, 1880-1938) Pink Roses


1922 Ernst Ludwig Kirchner (German Expressionist, 1880-1938) Sunday in the Alps


1926 Ernst Ludwig Kirchner (German Expressionist, 1880-1938) Street Scene in front of a Barbershop


1927 Ernst Ludwig Kirchner (German Expressionist, 1880-1938) The Lovers


1927 Ernst Ludwig Kirchner (German Expressionist, 1880-1938) Women on Street


1927-29 Ernst Ludwig Kirchner (German Expressionist, 1880-1938) Two Women in a Cafe


1928-29 Ernst Ludwig Kirchner (German Expressionist, 1880-1938) Sad Female Head


1930 Ernst Ludwig Kirchner (German Expressionist, 1880-1938) Lovers (The Kiss)


1932-33 Ernst Ludwig Kirchner (German Expressionist, 1880-1938) Two Acrobats


Portraits of rage at a disfunctional government by George Grosz 1893–1959


George Grosz (1893–1959) A Victim of Society. Remember Uncle August, the Unfortunate Inventor 1919

On July 26th in 1893 , George Grosz was born in Berlin, Germany.

George Grosz (1893–1959)1926 Portrait of Dr. Felix J. Weil

I remember a 2006 dispute that kept the Met from exhibiting one of his best portraits in its exhibition called “Glitter and Doom: German Portraits from the 1920s.” There were claims that his work had been stolen by the Nazis & sold without his permission.



The work he produced in Germany was seething with rage & hate toward the Nazis and toward a political & economic system where everything was for sale & in a state of dissipation. Generally, he painted women as sex objects to be bought & discarded.

George Grosz (1893–1959) This Is My Dear Friend Erich Cohn 1936

After he came to America, he tried to forget, even to erase his older works. He concentrated on painting nudes & landscapes, which never achieved the power or force of his German paintings.

George Grosz (1893–1959) Brooklyn Circa 1934

His early portraits of men draw me to them. I am not usually attracted to portraits of men, but these men are compelling.