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  • Ernst Ludwig Kirchner. Cover (Schutzumschlag) from Neben der Heerstrasse (Off the Main Road). 1923
    Cover (Schutzumschlag) from Neben...
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    Ernst Ludwig Kirchner. Cover (Schutzumschlag) from Neben der Heerstrasse (Off the Main Road). 1923
  • Ernst Ludwig Kirchner. Title page (Titelblatt) from Neben der Heerstrasse (Off the Main Road). 1923
    Title page (Titelblatt) from Neben...
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    Ernst Ludwig Kirchner. Title page (Titelblatt) from Neben der Heerstrasse (Off the Main Road). 1923
  • Ernst Ludwig Kirchner. Briggel: The Brothers (Der Briggel: Die Brüder) (headpiece, page 9) from Neben der Heerstrasse (Off the Main Road). 1923
    Briggel: The Brothers (Der Briggel: Die...
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    Ernst Ludwig Kirchner. Briggel: The Brothers (Der Briggel: Die Brüder) (headpiece, page 9) from Neben der Heerstrasse (Off the Main Road). 1923
  • Ernst Ludwig Kirchner. Briggel: Under the Vine (Der Briggel: Unter dem Rebstock) (in-text plate, page 22) from Neben der Heerstrasse (Off the Main Road). 1923
    Briggel: Under the Vine (Der Briggel:...
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    Ernst Ludwig Kirchner. Briggel: Under the Vine (Der Briggel: Unter dem Rebstock) (in-text plate, page 22) from Neben der Heerstrasse (Off the Main Road). 1923
  • Ernst Ludwig Kirchner. Briggel: Albrecht, Peter and Marie Luise (Der Briggel: Albrecht, Peter und Marie Luise) (in-text plate, page 37) from Neben der Heerstrasse (Off the Main Road). 1923
    Briggel: Albrecht, Peter and Marie Luise...
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    Ernst Ludwig Kirchner. Briggel: Albrecht, Peter and Marie Luise (Der Briggel: Albrecht, Peter und Marie Luise) (in-text plate, page 37) from Neben der Heerstrasse (Off the Main Road). 1923
  • Ernst Ludwig Kirchner. Briggel: Briggel Cursing Money (Der Briggel: Briggel verflucht das Geld) (in-text plate, page 42) from Neben der Heerstrasse (Off the Main Road). 1923
    Briggel: Briggel Cursing Money (Der...
    1923
    Ernst Ludwig Kirchner. Briggel: Briggel Cursing Money (Der Briggel: Briggel verflucht das Geld) (in-text plate, page 42) from Neben der Heerstrasse (Off the Main Road). 1923
  • Ernst Ludwig Kirchner. Briggel: Briggel (Der Briggel: Briggel) (in-text plate, page 62) from Neben der Heerstrasse (Off the Main Road). 1923
    Briggel: Briggel (Der Briggel: Briggel)...
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    Ernst Ludwig Kirchner. Briggel: Briggel (Der Briggel: Briggel) (in-text plate, page 62) from Neben der Heerstrasse (Off the Main Road). 1923
  • Ernst Ludwig Kirchner. Downfall: The Horse Cart (Niedergang: Pferdefuhrwerk) (in-text plate, page 83) from Neben der Heerstrasse (Off the Main Road). 1923
    Downfall: The Horse Cart (Niedergang:...
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    Ernst Ludwig Kirchner. Downfall: The Horse Cart (Niedergang: Pferdefuhrwerk) (in-text plate, page 83) from Neben der Heerstrasse (Off the Main Road). 1923
  • Ernst Ludwig Kirchner. Downfall: Kleinkern and the Stranger (Niedergang: Kleinkern und der Fremde) (in-text plate, page 96) from Neben der Heerstrasse (Off the Main Road). 1923
    Downfall: Kleinkern and the Stranger...
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    Ernst Ludwig Kirchner. Downfall: Kleinkern and the Stranger (Niedergang: Kleinkern und der Fremde) (in-text plate, page 96) from Neben der Heerstrasse (Off the Main Road). 1923
  • Ernst Ludwig Kirchner. Downfall: Kern and the Smuggler (Niedergang: Kern und der Schmuggler) (in-text plate, page 106) from Neben der Heerstrasse (Off the Main Road). 1923
    Downfall: Kern and the Smuggler...
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    Ernst Ludwig Kirchner. Downfall: Kern and the Smuggler (Niedergang: Kern und der Schmuggler) (in-text plate, page 106) from Neben der Heerstrasse (Off the Main Road). 1923
  • Ernst Ludwig Kirchner. Downfall: The Dead Kern (Niedergang: Der tote Kern) (tailpiece, page 110) from Neben der Heerstrasse (Off the Main Road). 1923
    Downfall: The Dead Kern (Niedergang: Der...
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    Ernst Ludwig Kirchner. Downfall: The Dead Kern (Niedergang: Der tote Kern) (tailpiece, page 110) from Neben der Heerstrasse (Off the Main Road). 1923
  • Ernst Ludwig Kirchner. The Feasting Farmer (Der Festbauer) (headpiece, page 113) from Neben der Heerstrasse (Off the Main Road). 1923
    The Feasting Farmer (Der Festbauer)...
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    Ernst Ludwig Kirchner. The Feasting Farmer (Der Festbauer) (headpiece, page 113) from Neben der Heerstrasse (Off the Main Road). 1923
  • Ernst Ludwig Kirchner. The Feasting Farmer: Sigismund and Christine (Der Festbauer: Sigismund und Christine) (in-text plate, page 163) from Neben der Heerstrasse (Off the Main Road). 1923
    The Feasting Farmer: Sigismund and...
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    Ernst Ludwig Kirchner. The Feasting Farmer: Sigismund and Christine (Der Festbauer: Sigismund und Christine) (in-text plate, page 163) from Neben der Heerstrasse (Off the Main Road). 1923
  • Ernst Ludwig Kirchner. The Feasting Farmer: Harvest (Der Festbauer: Ernte) (in-text plate, page 174) from Neben der Heerstrasse (Off the Main Road). 1923
    The Feasting Farmer: Harvest (Der...
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    Ernst Ludwig Kirchner. The Feasting Farmer: Harvest (Der Festbauer: Ernte) (in-text plate, page 174) from Neben der Heerstrasse (Off the Main Road). 1923
  • Ernst Ludwig Kirchner. As Josua Grübler Found his Way: Josua (Wie Josua Grübler seinen Weg fand: Josua) (in-text plate, page 188) from Neben der Heerstrasse (Off the Main Road). 1923
    As Josua Grübler Found his Way:...
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    Ernst Ludwig Kirchner. As Josua Grübler Found his Way: Josua (Wie Josua Grübler seinen Weg fand: Josua) (in-text plate, page 188) from Neben der Heerstrasse (Off the Main Road). 1923
  • Ernst Ludwig Kirchner. As Josua Grübler Found his Way: Josua and Priska (Wie Josua Grübler seinen Weg fand: Josua und Priska) (in-text plate, page 214) from  Neben der Heerstrasse (Off the Main Road). 1923
    As Josua Grübler Found his Way:...
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    Ernst Ludwig Kirchner. As Josua Grübler Found his Way: Josua and Priska (Wie Josua Grübler seinen Weg fand: Josua und Priska) (in-text plate, page 214) from  Neben der Heerstrasse (Off the Main Road). 1923
  • Ernst Ludwig Kirchner. As Josua Grübler Found his Way: At the Deathbed (Wie Josua Grübler seinen Weg fand: Am Sterbebett) (in-text plate, page 232) from Neben der Heerstrasse (Off the Main Road). 1923
    As Josua Grübler Found his Way: At...
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    Ernst Ludwig Kirchner. As Josua Grübler Found his Way: At the Deathbed (Wie Josua Grübler seinen Weg fand: Am Sterbebett) (in-text plate, page 232) from Neben der Heerstrasse (Off the Main Road). 1923
  • Ernst Ludwig Kirchner. Altwinkel: The Cursing Winkler (Altwinkel: Der fluchende Winkler) (headpiece, page 249) from Neben der Heerstrasse (Off the Main Road). 1923
    Altwinkel: The Cursing Winkler...
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    Ernst Ludwig Kirchner. Altwinkel: The Cursing Winkler (Altwinkel: Der fluchende Winkler) (headpiece, page 249) from Neben der Heerstrasse (Off the Main Road). 1923
  • Ernst Ludwig Kirchner. Altwinkel: The Siblings (Altwinkel: Die Geschwister) (in-text plate, page 273) from Neben der Heerstrasse (Off the Main Road). 1923
    Altwinkel: The Siblings (Altwinkel: Die...
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    Ernst Ludwig Kirchner. Altwinkel: The Siblings (Altwinkel: Die Geschwister) (in-text plate, page 273) from Neben der Heerstrasse (Off the Main Road). 1923
  • Ernst Ludwig Kirchner. Altwinkel: Wintsch Stabbed to Death (Altwinkel: Der niedergestochene Wintsch) (in-text plate, page 321) from Neben der Heerstrasse (Off the Main Road). 1923
    Altwinkel: Wintsch Stabbed to Death...
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    Ernst Ludwig Kirchner. Altwinkel: Wintsch Stabbed to Death (Altwinkel: Der niedergestochene Wintsch) (in-text plate, page 321) from Neben der Heerstrasse (Off the Main Road). 1923
  • Ernst Ludwig Kirchner. The Peace Apostle: Werner Gütikofer (Der Friedensapostel: Werner Gütikofer) (in-text plate, page 336) from Neben der Heerstrasse (Off the Main Road). 1923
    The Peace Apostle: Werner Gütikofer...
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    Ernst Ludwig Kirchner. The Peace Apostle: Werner Gütikofer (Der Friedensapostel: Werner Gütikofer) (in-text plate, page 336) from Neben der Heerstrasse (Off the Main Road). 1923
  • Ernst Ludwig Kirchner. The Peace Apostle: The Speaker (Der Friedensapostel: Der Redner) (in-text plate, page 379) from Neben der Heerstrasse (Off the Main Road). 1923
    The Peace Apostle: The Speaker (Der...
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    Ernst Ludwig Kirchner. The Peace Apostle: The Speaker (Der Friedensapostel: Der Redner) (in-text plate, page 379) from Neben der Heerstrasse (Off the Main Road). 1923
  • Ernst Ludwig Kirchner. The Peace Apostle: The Riot (Der Friedensapostel: Aufruhr) (in-text plate, page 422) from Neben der Heerstrasse (Off the Main Road). 1923
    The Peace Apostle: The Riot (Der...
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    Ernst Ludwig Kirchner. The Peace Apostle: The Riot (Der Friedensapostel: Aufruhr) (in-text plate, page 422) from Neben der Heerstrasse (Off the Main Road). 1923
  • Ernst Ludwig Kirchner. The Peace Apostle: In the Cell (Der Friedensapostel: In der Zelle) (in-text plate, page 434) from Neben der Heerstrasse (Off the Main Road). 1923
    The Peace Apostle: In the Cell (Der...
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    Ernst Ludwig Kirchner. The Peace Apostle: In the Cell (Der Friedensapostel: In der Zelle) (in-text plate, page 434) from Neben der Heerstrasse (Off the Main Road). 1923

About this illustrated book

Iris Schmeisser, German Expressionist Digital Archive Project, German Expressionism: Works from the Collection. 2011.

Using the woodcut technique, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner created twenty-two illustrations, the title page, and the cover for this collection of six novellas by Swiss author Jakob Bosshart.

Kirchner met Bosshart in Davos-Frauenkirch, Switzerland, the Alpine village to which the artist had moved in 1918. Bosshart, like Kirchner, had originally come to Davos seeking alleviation for his depression. Artist and writer were each captivated with the other's work, and presumably around the summer and fall of 1922, Kirchner began to create the woodcuts for Bosshart's texts.

Bosshart's novellas, written between 1917 and 1922, feature peculiar characters off the beaten track. The protagonists are predominantly village people struggling with a variety of moral conflicts, often triggered by the challenges of modernization. Kirchner's affinity for Bosshart's texts was likely related to his own interest in the vernacular traditions and folk culture of the area.

Ernst Ludwig Kirchner (German, 1880–1938)

The Illustrated Book

Neben der Heerstrasse (Off the Main Road)

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Author:
Jakob Bosshart
Date:
1923
Medium:
Illustrated book with twenty-four woodcuts
Dimensions:
page: 7 1/2 x 5 1/8" (19 x 13 cm); overall: 7 13/16 x 5 7/16 x 1 3/8" (19.8 x 13.8 x 3.5 cm)
Paper:
Cream, smooth, wove (except cover).
Publisher:
Verlag von Grethlein & Co., Zürich/Leipzig
Printer:
E. Haberland, Leipzig, Germany
Edition:
Regular edition: unknown (this ex.); Special edition numbered and signed by the author: 120
Credit Line:
Gift of G. David Thompson
Reference:
Not in Sch. Dube (H)808-831. Rifkind 1478. Jentsch 143.
MoMA Number:
210.1964.1-24
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