Ernst Ludwig Kirchner

To Davos seeking treatment

In 1913 the "Brücke" artists disbanded their society. During his training as a soldier, Kirchner experienced a breakdown in 1915. Following hospital stays in Königstein in Taunus and Kreuzlingen on Lake Constance, he sought treatment in Davos in 1917. Here, he also continued with his comprehensive work. He painted farmers at their work and visionary landscapes, which capture a stunning impression of the alpine landscape.

Ernst Ludwig Kirchner was born in 1880 in Aschaffenburg, Germany. Following an architectural course in Dresden, he and his friends Fritz Bleyl, Erich Heckel and Karl Schmidt-Rottluff founded the artists society "Brücke" [bridge]. In 1911, Kirchner moved to Berlin. During the years that followed, he reached an initial high point in his work with his expressive pieces.

"Keiner hat diese Farben wie ich" (No one else has these colours)

As an architect student, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner was well aware of how to deal with the painting areas on his canvases. His large-scale, strongly coloured expressionist paintings were his trademark. A style that Kirchner characterised with his extremely personal, representational and objective notes. The richness of colour and the charisma of the paintings of Kirchner, his expressive paintings of figures and city scenes, the majestic mountain landscapes of Davos and the later abstract works still delight to this day.

Ernst Ludwig Kirchner
1880 - 1938
Kirchner Museum Davos

The majority of artistic works from Kirchner are appreciated by Davos in its Kirchner Museum, founded by the art dealer Roman Norbert Ketterer. The architecture of the Kirchner Museum in Davos supports the intention of bringing people and art together. The crystalline building constitutes the architectural counterpart to the art of Ernst Ludwig Kirchner.

Kirchner Museum Davos
Ernst Ludwig Kirchner Platz
7270 Davos Platz
Tel. +41 81 410 63 00
Fax +41 81 410 63 01

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