Ernst Ludwig Kirchner and Friends

Expressionism from the Swiss Mountains

Edited by Beat Stutzer, Samuel Vitali, Han Steenbruggen, and Matthias Frehner

Ernst Ludwig Kirchner and Friends
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Edited by Beat Stutzer, Samuel Vitali, Han Steenbruggen, and Matthias Frehner

Distributed for Scheidegger and Spiess

With Essays by Kathleen Bühler, Matthias Frehner, Wolfgang Henze, Roland Scotti, Peter Suter, Han Steenbruggen, Beat Stutzer, and and Samuel Vitali
320 pages | 180 color plates, 30 halftones | 9 x 11 | © 2007
Cloth $110.00 ISBN: 9783858817068 Published September 2007 Not for sale in the United Kingdom or Europe
Ernst Kirchner, seminal expressionist painter and founding member of the influential artists’ collective Die Brücke, came to the Swiss mountains during World War I to recuperate from a nervous breakdown. Ernst Ludwig Kirchner and his Friends is the first book to explore how Kirchner became a role model, teacher, and mentor for younger artists during his time in Davos.

The momentous artistic exchange between Kirchner and his young admirers—whose ranks included the German Philipp Bauknecht, the Dutch Jan Wiegers, and the members of the Swiss Gruppe Rot-Blau—established a dialogue that had a formative influence on the direction of European art in the twentieth century. This matchless volume provides a record of the extraordinary bond that developed between a legendary—yet ailing—artist and the up-and-coming Gruppe Rot-Blaue in Switzerland.
Contents
Foreword
      Matthias Frehner, Kees van Twist, and Beat Stutzer
Expressionism from the Mountains? An Introduction
      Beat Stutzer
Mountain Landscapes from Davos—"the big intensification"
      Matthias Frehner
The Image of the Artist: Self-Portraits and Portraits of Fellow Artists by Kirchner and His Circle in the 1920s
      Samuel Vitali
Between the "New Human" and Melancholy: Aspects of Kirchner's and the Rot-Blau Artists' Concept of the Human being
      Kathleen Bühler
The Sculptures of Kirchner, Scherer, Müller, and Wiegers
      Wolfgang Henze
Earthly Paradise: Krichner, Nudes and Partnerships
      Roland Scotti
Barn Dances and Tango Teas
      Beat Stutzer
The "Alternative World of the South": Mendrisiotto Landscapes
      Beat Stutzer
Jan Wiegers: Expressionism from the Alps to the Polder
      Han Steenbruggen
Jumping the Line: Freedom of Movement in the Works of Kirchner's Artist Friends from Basel
      Peter Suter
Chronicle of the Years 1917 to 1928
      Beat Stutzer
A Walk through the Kirchner Exhibition in Winterthur (1924). Introduction by Beat Stutzer
      Georg Schmidt

Catalogue of Exhibited Works
Selected Literature
Authors' Biographies
Credits
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