Ernst Ludwig Kirchner. Nude Dancers (Nackte Tänzerinnen). 1909

Ernst Ludwig Kirchner Nude Dancers (Nackte Tänzerinnen) 1909

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“Woodcut,” Kirchner wrote, “was the most graphic of the graphic techniques.” He and his peers in the Brücke group developed the medium’s capacity for bold, rough-hewn surfaces, cultivating a rawness that served their desire for emotional directness. Here Kirchner made crude cuts in the wood block to generate his awkwardly posed figures, which are dominated by the flat, black expanse of an oversized hat. The nudity of his subjects conveys an openness, a shedding of convention in search of a primal authenticity.

Gallery label from 2019
composition (irreg.): 14 3/8 x 21" (36.5 x 53.4 cm); sheet (irreg.): 16 7/8 x 26 7/16" (42.8 x 67.2 cm)
Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Dresden
7 known impressions
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Ernst Ludwig Kirchner Estate (Erna Schilling), Davos-Frauenkirch, June 15, 1938; to Kunstsammlung Basel, 1946-1947; sold through Gutekunst & Klipstein, December 3, 1949 (lot 140); to William S. Lieberman, New York, 1949; to The Museum of Modern Art, New York, 1951

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