Ernst Ludwig Kirchner (1880 – 1938)

Kirchner is an impressionist painter that uses a variety of printing methods to create his unique pieces of work. He has produced self-portraits; nudes; man and nature; anti-establishment; portraits; city-scapes and illustrations. His incredible style stood out to me because his colours are bold and so are his lines.

I first came across his work when i went to Hamburg, Germany in 2014. It was an amazing trip (my first trip abroad with just me and a friend!) and our visit to the Bucerius Kunst Forum was one of the highlights of the trip.

Ernst Ludwig Kirchner – images taken from the ‘Bucerius Kunst Forum’ programme. Kirchner Das expressionistische Experiment 25.5 – 7.9.2014
  • Printed
  • Dark colours are usually  applied last. This does not seem to be the case this time.
  • The marks are messy due to the ink that has been used to print the design with.
  • The choice of outline for the people is intriguing. By using a darker shade of the same colour, the image is not as harsh as the section outlined in black.
  • The texture the print process leaves aids towards the impression of skin. It allows the work to look ‘realistic’ whilst also being impressionistic.











Die Geliebte, 1915. (Blatt 2 aus der Folge Peter Schlemihls wundersame Geschichte)

  • The method looks painted rather than printed. This is created by constantly overlapping layers of ink; it also depends on the the marks that have been carved into the wood block.
  • Contrasting colours create harsh lines.
  • I like the impressionistic style because it is influenced by reality but takes on its own appearance and personality. I would love to have seen each section of this image as each layer was printed.















Ernst Ludwig Kirchner (1880 – 1938)

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