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Ernst Ludwig Kirchner was a German Expressionist pioneer, a prolific painter and printmaker, and cofounder of Die Brücke movement. Through vivid landscapes, stark nudes, and dynamic urban scenes, this introductory book explores his radical painting in pre–World War I Germany and his leading influence on 20th-century art.
Hardcover8.3 x 10.2 in.1.30 lb96 pages



Bridging the gap

Expressionist pioneer Ernst Ludwig Kirchner heralded a new perspective in 20th-century painting

Ernst Ludwig Kirchner (1880–1938) is regarded as one of the key figures in 20th-century European art. A Modernist to his bones, he sent seismic waves through the art world with his hard-edged, intensely colored paintings and disseminated his ideas through Die Brücke art movement and the MUIM-Institut school of modernist painting, both of which he cofounded.

Kirchner’s work reconciled past and present through an Expressionist prism, reflecting the latest avant-garde ideas in art, while exploring traditional academic approaches and subjects. His works tackled social, moral, and emotional questions with a fierce intensity. Distorted perspectives, rough lines, and unusual colors were mainstays of his practice, as well as a recurring interest in capturing the human form, whether in frenetic city vistas such as Berlin Street Scene (1913) or in his famously decadent studio.

In this introductory book, we explore the stretch of Kirchner’s career through Germany and Switzerland, including his founding of Die Brücke, and his inclusion in the Nazis’ infamous “degenerate art” exhibition in 1937. Along the way, we’ll encounter vivid landscapes, stark nudes, intense urban settings, and, above all, a persistent emphasis on the emotional experience of painter and viewer.
The author

Norbert Wolf graduated in art history, linguistics, and medieval studies at the Universities of Regensburg and Munich, and earned his PhD in 1983. He held visiting professorships in Marburg, Frankfurt, Leipzig, Düsseldorf, Nuremberg-Erlangen, and Innsbruck. His extensive writings on art history include many TASCHEN titles, such as Diego Velázquez, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Caspar David Friedrich, Expressionism, Romanesque, Landscape Painting, and Symbolism.

Hardcover21 x 26 cm0.59 kg96 pages

ISBN 978-3-8365-3503-8

Edition: French

ISBN 978-3-8365-3504-5

Edition: English
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September 21, 2024 - March 09, 2025

German Expressionism: Die Brücke

Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden

November 09, 2024 - March 09, 2025

Kirchner Holzschnitte

Kunsthalle, Bremen, Germany

Born back in 1985, the Basic Art Series has evolved into the best-selling art book collection ever published. Each book in TASCHEN’s Basic Art series features:
• a detailed chronological summary of the life and oeuvre of the artist, covering his or her cultural and historical importance
• a concise biography
• approximately 100 illustrations with explanatory captions



2 Ratings

Belle découverte

Augustin,October 27, 2021
Bon moyen de découvrir cet artiste

Belle découverte

Augustin,October 27, 2021
Bon moyen de découvrir cet artiste