German Expressionism: The Graphic Impulse

_Street Scene (Strassenszene)_

Ernst Ludwig Kirchner. Street Scene (Strassenszene). (1914)

Ink and watercolor on paper, 21 3/8 x 15 1/2" (54.3 x 39.4 cm). Gift of Curt Valentin

Narrator, Glenn Lowry: These are two of the many studies Kirchner made around the same time as his great street scene paintings, such as Street Berlin, which hangs nearby.

Curator, Starr Figura: These very quick rapid lines contrast with the more deliberate layered approach in the painting, but they help us to understand the visual language that Kirchner was developing at this time. And what's interesting about them is the rapid, sketch-like style of his drawing, which sometimes was done right on the street—that's why he would do it so quickly. He was trying to get the sense of the fleeting moment of the bustling street.

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