Today we are going to take a very brief look at artist Ernst Ludwig Kirchner (May 6 1880 – June 15 1938)
Ernst Ludwig Kirchner was a German Expressionist painter. He was one of the founders of the artists group Die Brücke or "The Bridge".
Kirchner's "Die Brücke"
Kirchner joined the army during WW1, but suffered a nervous breakdown, so he split the scene.
He then spent a lot of time in sanatoriums in Switzerland.
His mental and physical health, by the way, was never particularly good.
He didn't really loose his hand though, he was just being dramatic.
Kirchner loved to par-tay...a lot! He big into smoking, drinking and women.
This self-portrait is called "The Drinker". He doesn't look like he feels so hot in this painting.
He looks like he's feeling pretty good in this portrait though.....
He painted endless portraits of prostitutes on the streets of Berlin.
As he got older, he was more into painting landscapes than women.
He spent a lot of time painting on the German island of Feharn. I don't know if these were painted there, but I like them.
In 1933, he was labeled a "Degenerate" by the Nazis.
In 1937, over 600 of his paintings were confiscated from museums and destroyed.