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Milliner with Hat (Modistin mit Hut)

Ernst Ludwig Kirchner

European Art

The sharp contrast between the yellow paper and black contours of this vibrant portrait emphasizes its abstracted quality, as well as the expressive power of color and form. It most likely depicts Ernst Kirchner’s lover and favorite model at the time, Doris Grosse, whom he often portrayed wearing large, elaborate hats. Kirchner was a founding member of the German Expressionist group Die Brücke (The Bridge) and created more than two thousand prints during his career. Of printmaking he said: “The technical procedures doubtless release energies in the artist that remain unused in the much more lightweight processes of drawing or painting. . . . There is no better place to get to know an artist than in his graphic work.”
MEDIUM Lithograph on wove paper
  • Place Made: Germany
  • DATES 1910
    DIMENSIONS Image: 23 9/16 x 17 in. (59.8 x 43.2 cm) Sheet: 23 9/16 x 17 in. (59.8 x 43.2 cm)  (show scale)
    SIGNATURE Signed, "Kirchner" lower right margin in pencil
    INSCRIPTIONS Lower left in graphite: "Handdruck"; lower right in graphite: "E.L. Kirchner" "Probedruck" lower left corner in artist's handwriting
    COLLECTIONS European Art
    CREDIT LINE Carll H. de Silver Fund
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    CAPTION Ernst Ludwig Kirchner (German, 1880–1938). Milliner with Hat (Modistin mit Hut), 1910. Lithograph on wove paper, Image: 23 9/16 x 17 in. (59.8 x 43.2 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Carll H. de Silver Fund, 57.194.1 (Photo: , 57.194.1_PS9.jpg)
    IMAGE overall, 57.194.1_PS9.jpg., 2019
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