Ernst Ludwig Kirchner and Friends
Expressionism from the Swiss Mountains
Ernst Ludwig Kirchner and Friends is the first book to explore how Kirchner became a role model, teacher, and mentor for younger artists during his time in Davos.
- Out of Print
1st edition, 2007
320 pages, 234 color and 109 b/w illustrations
23 x 28 cm
In cooperation with Museum of Fine arts Bern, Bündner Kunstmuseum Chur, Groninger Museum
In 1917, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner (1880–1938), the German expressionist and founding member of the influential artists’ collective “Die Brücke”, traveled to the resort town of Davos in the Swiss mountains to recover from a nervous breakdown. Ernst Ludwig Kirchner and Friends is the first book to recount Kirchner’s time in Davos and to explore how he became a role model and mentor there for a number of younger artists.
The momentous artistic exchange between Kirchner and his young admirers—among them the German Philipp Bauknecht (1884–1939); the Dutch Jan Wiegers (1893–1959); and the members of the Swiss artists’ group “Rot-Blau”, including Paul Camnisch (1893–1970), Albert Müller (1897–1926), and Hermann Scherer (1893–1927)—established a dialog that had a formative influence on the direction of European art in the twentieth century. This matchless volume provides a record of the extraordinary bond that developed between a legendary—yet ailing—artist and the up-and-coming “Rot-Blau” group in Switzerland.
With essays by Kathleen Bühler, Matthias Frehner, Wolfgang Henze, Roland Scotti, Peter Suter, Han Steenbruggen, Beat Stutzer, and Samuel Vitali. Featuring also the annotated essay A Walk through the Kirchner Exhibition in Winterthur (1924) by Georg Schmidt.