For Art’s Sake, Ernest Ludwig Kirchner

Ernest Ludwig Kirchner,  (1880-1938) was an early German expressionist painter and modern artist.

From Wikipedia:  “In 1905, Kirchner, along with Bleyl and two other architecture students, Karl Schmidt-Rottluff and Erich Heckel, founded the artists group Die Brücke (“The Bridge”). From then on, he committed himself to art. The group aimed to eschew the prevalent traditional academic style and find a new mode of artistic expression, which would form a bridge (hence the name) between the past and the present. They responded both to past artists such as Albrecht Dürer, Matthias Grünewald and Lucas Cranach the Elder, as well as contemporary international avant-garde movements. As part of the affirmation of their national heritage, they revived old  media particularly woodcut prints.”

The Bridge had major international impact on the evolution of modern art.  Kirchner created the painting, Dancers in Red, in 1914.  You can see a print of the painting on the 4th Floor H Wing of North Hill.  Learn more about Kirchner here

Gerti by Ernst Ludwig Kirchner (Photo by Barney Burstein/Corbis/VCG via Getty Images)