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  • Erich Heckel. Fränzi with Doll (Fränzi mit Puppe) (cover) from KG Brücke. 1910
    Fränzi with Doll (Fränzi mit...
    1910
    Erich Heckel. Fränzi with Doll (Fränzi mit Puppe) (cover) from KG Brücke. 1910
  • Ernst Ludwig Kirchner. Rowing Samoan (Rudernde Samuanerin) (headpiece, folio 1) from KG Brücke. 1910
    Rowing Samoan (Rudernde Samuanerin)...
    1910
    Ernst Ludwig Kirchner. Rowing Samoan (Rudernde Samuanerin) (headpiece, folio 1) from KG Brücke. 1910
  • Ernst Ludwig Kirchner. Woman and Man (Mann und Frau) (plate, folio 2) from KG Brücke. 1910
    Woman and Man (Mann und Frau) (plate...
    1910
    Ernst Ludwig Kirchner. Woman and Man (Mann und Frau) (plate, folio 2) from KG Brücke. 1910
  • Ernst Ludwig Kirchner. Bath House (Badehaus) (plate, folio 2 verso)  from KG Brücke. 1910
    Bath House (Badehaus) (plate, folio 2...
    1910
    Ernst Ludwig Kirchner. Bath House (Badehaus) (plate, folio 2 verso)  from KG Brücke. 1910
  • Max Pechstein. Seated Man (Sitzender Mann) (plate, folio 3 verso) from KG Brücke. 1910
    Seated Man (Sitzender Mann) (plate, folio...
    1910
    Max Pechstein. Seated Man (Sitzender Mann) (plate, folio 3 verso) from KG Brücke. 1910
  • Erich Heckel. Sitzender Akt (Fränzi) [Seated Nude (Fränzi)] (plate, folio 5 verso) from KG Brücke. 1910
    Sitzender Akt (Fränzi) [Seated Nude...
    1910
    Erich Heckel. Sitzender Akt (Fränzi) [Seated Nude (Fränzi)] (plate, folio 5 verso) from KG Brücke. 1910
  • Ernst Ludwig Kirchner. Seated Nude (Sitzender Akt) (plate, folio 7 verso) KG Brücke. 1910
    Seated Nude (Sitzender Akt) (plate, folio...
    1910
    Ernst Ludwig Kirchner. Seated Nude (Sitzender Akt) (plate, folio 7 verso) KG Brücke. 1910
  • Karl Schmidt-Rottluff. House in the Park (Haus im Park) (plate, folio 9 verso) KG Brücke. 1910
    House in the Park (Haus im Park) (plate...
    1910
    Karl Schmidt-Rottluff. House in the Park (Haus im Park) (plate, folio 9 verso) KG Brücke. 1910
  • Karl Schmidt-Rottluff. Mower (Schnitter) (plate, folio 11 verso) from KG Brücke. 1910
    Mower (Schnitter) (plate, folio 11...
    1910
    Karl Schmidt-Rottluff. Mower (Schnitter) (plate, folio 11 verso) from KG Brücke. 1910
  • Ernst Ludwig Kirchner. Sand Diggers at the Tiber River (Sandgräber am Tiber) (plate, folio 13) from KG Brücke. 1910
    Sand Diggers at the Tiber River...
    1910
    Ernst Ludwig Kirchner. Sand Diggers at the Tiber River (Sandgräber am Tiber) (plate, folio 13) from KG Brücke. 1910
  • Max Pechstein. Artiste (Artistin) (plate, folio 13 verso) from KG Brücke. 1910
    Artiste (Artistin) (plate, folio 13...
    1910
    Max Pechstein. Artiste (Artistin) (plate, folio 13 verso) from KG Brücke. 1910
  • Max Pechstein. Bathers (Badende) (plate, folio 14) from KG Brücke. 1910
    Bathers (Badende) (plate, folio 14)...
    1910
    Max Pechstein. Bathers (Badende) (plate, folio 14) from KG Brücke. 1910
  • Ernst Ludwig Kirchner. Dance (Tanz) (plate, folio 14 verso) from KG Brücke. 1910
    Dance (Tanz) (plate, folio 14 verso)...
    1910
    Ernst Ludwig Kirchner. Dance (Tanz) (plate, folio 14 verso) from KG Brücke. 1910
  • Erich Heckel. Idling Women (Müssige Weiber) (plate, folio 15) from KG Brücke. 1910
    Idling Women (Müssige Weiber)...
    1910
    Erich Heckel. Idling Women (Müssige Weiber) (plate, folio 15) from KG Brücke. 1910
  • Erich Heckel. Schlafender Mann (Pechstein) [Sleeping Man (Pechstein)] (plate, folio 15 verso) KG Brücke. 1910
    Schlafender Mann (Pechstein) [Sleeping...
    1910
    Erich Heckel. Schlafender Mann (Pechstein) [Sleeping Man (Pechstein)] (plate, folio 15 verso) KG Brücke. 1910
  • Ernst Ludwig Kirchner. Members of the Brücke Artists' Group (Titelvignette) [Mitglieder der Künstlergruppe Brücke (title vignette)] (plate, folio 16 verso) from KG Brücke. 1910 (print executed 1907)
    Members of the Brücke Artists' Group...
    1910 (print executed 1907)
    Ernst Ludwig Kirchner. Members of the Brücke Artists' Group (Titelvignette) [Mitglieder der Künstlergruppe Brücke (title vignette)] (plate, folio 16 verso) from KG Brücke. 1910 (print executed 1907)
  • Ernst Ludwig Kirchner. PM (Passive Members) [PM (Passive Mitglieder)] (plate, folio 16 verso) from KG Brücke. 1910 (print executed 1907)
    PM (Passive Members) [PM (Passive...
    1910 (print executed 1907)
    Ernst Ludwig Kirchner. PM (Passive Members) [PM (Passive Mitglieder)] (plate, folio 16 verso) from KG Brücke. 1910 (print executed 1907)
  • Ernst Ludwig Kirchner. PM (Passive Members) [PM (Passive Mitglieder)] (plate, folio 17) from KG Brücke. 1910 (print executed 1908)
    PM (Passive Members) [PM (Passive...
    1910 (print executed 1908)
    Ernst Ludwig Kirchner. PM (Passive Members) [PM (Passive Mitglieder)] (plate, folio 17) from KG Brücke. 1910 (print executed 1908)
  • Ernst Ludwig Kirchner. PM (Passive Mitglieder) [PM (Passive Members)] (plate, folio 17 verso) from KG Brücke. 1910
    PM (Passive Mitglieder) [PM (Passive...
    1910
    Ernst Ludwig Kirchner. PM (Passive Mitglieder) [PM (Passive Members)] (plate, folio 17 verso) from KG Brücke. 1910
  • Ernst Ludwig Kirchner. PM (Passive Members) [PM (Passive Mitglieder)] (plate, folio 18) from KG Brücke. 1910
    PM (Passive Members) [PM (Passive...
    1910
    Ernst Ludwig Kirchner. PM (Passive Members) [PM (Passive Mitglieder)] (plate, folio 18) from KG Brücke. 1910

About this illustrated book

Heather Hess, German Expressionist Digital Archive Project, German Expressionism: Works from the Collection. 2011.

This catalogue for the Brücke's breakthrough exhibition in September 1910 at the prestigious Galerie Ernst Arnold in Dresden reflects the spirit of collectivity that pervaded the group at the time. Eleven of the book's twenty woodcuts see Brücke artists interpreting paintings by fellow members rather than highlighting their own artistic creations, each composition a flattened, simplified black-and-white version of its colorful counterpart. On the cover, Erich Heckel tackled Ernst Ludwig Kirchner's Fränzi mit Puppe (Fränzi with doll).

The type matches the style of the images. Designed especially for the project, a strong, grotesque font appears throughout the book, except in four woodcuts in which Kirchner carved a list of the group's sixty-eight "passive members"—supporters who received the group's annual print portfolios—in a complementary rough script.

In the seminal show that the catalogue documents, the Brücke's four main members—Heckel, Kirchner, Max Pechstein, and Karl Schmidt-Rottluff—were given equal wallspace. The checklist notes twenty works, including paintings, watercolors, and prints, by each artist, although Heckel and Kirchner also exhibited several wood sculptures that are not listed. Cuno Amiet, a Swiss member, contributed two paintings, and Otto Mueller, who joined soon thereafter, exhibited five paintings and watercolors as a guest.

Various Artists, German with Ernst Ludwig Kirchner (German, 1880–1938), Karl Schmidt-Rottluff (German, 1884–1976), Erich Heckel (German, 1883–1970), Max Pechstein (German, 1881–1955)

The Illustrated Book

KG Brücke

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Author:
Künstlergruppe Brücke, Dresden
Date:
1910
Medium:
Exhibition catalogue with twenty woodcuts
Dimensions:
page: 9 1/8 x 6 7/8" (23.1 x 17.5 cm); overall: 9 1/8 x 7 5/16 x 1/8" (23.2 x 18.5 x 0.3 cm)
Paper:
Cream, smooth, wove.
Publisher:
Künstlergruppe Brücke, Dresden
Printer:
Gärtnersche Buchdruckerei / Heinrich Niescher, Dresden
Edition:
unknown
Credit Line:
General Print Fund
Copyright:
© 2016 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn
Reference:
Hoffmann 46.
MoMA Number:
440.2010.1-20
Themes:
Nude, Primitivism
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