Ernst Ludwig Kirchner was born in Aschaffenburg, Germany in 1880 and became interested in the fine arts during a visit to Nuremberg. One of his most iconic works is Young Girl Under a Japanese Parasol (1909, Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Dusseldorf). This painting combines elements of expressionism and fauvism, which were popular trends at the time. The young girl holds a delicate parasol with vivid colors amidst an array of vibrant patterns and colors.
His other influential paintings include Marzella (1909-10, Moderna Museet, Stockholm); Franzi in front of a Carved Chair (1910, Thyssen-Bornemizsa Collection, Madrid); Self-Portrait with a Model (1910, Moderna Museet Stockholm). These works display Kirchner’s unique style involving intense colors, jagged brushstrokes and geometric compositions that convey an emotionally charged mood.
Ernst Ludwig Kirchner was also part of a group of artists: Otto Mueller, Kirchner, Heckel, Schmidt-Rottluff produced the painting “Ernst Ludwig Kirchner” (1926-27) which depicts the power and camaraderie they shared as friends and colleagues. As one of the chief innovators within expressionism movement during the 20th Century, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner created artworks that are worth seeing today!