“It seems as though the goal of my work has always been to dissolve myself completely into the sensations of the surroundings in order to then integrate this into a coherent painterly form.” Ernst Ludwig Kirchner May 6, 1880 – June 15, 1938
Ernst Ludwig Kirchner’s painting, Potsdamer Platz, positioned me in a street with people moving around me, each with personal stories as unusual as the hats they wore. The more I viewed the scene, the more complexity appeared.
A German expressionist painter and printmaker, Ernst Kirchner was one of the founders of the artists group Die Brücke or “The Bridge” which laid the foundation of Expressionism in 20th-century art. Kirchner did not have an easy life. He experienced several mental breakdowns. In 1933, his art was branded by the Nazis as “degenerate” and by 1937 more that 600 of his paintings were sold or destroyed.
“A painter paints the appearance of things, not their objective correctness, in fact he creates new appearances of things.” Ernst Ludwig Kirchner