Dance

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Ernst Ludwig Kirchner

Weisse Tänzerin in Kleinem Variété [White Dancer in a Cabaret]
1914

The world of cabaret bars was part of the fascination of modern urban life for Kirchner. In this rare print (only one other copy is known), the relationship between the scantily-clad female performer and the male audience is shockingly close. She appears to be dancing on a stage or table right in front of them; their hats and coats are hung up to the right.

The rough, angular style and vigour of Kirchner's graphic technique complements the frenetic nature of the dance performed. This perfect match between style and subject, both of which were highly modern for their time and not to everyone's taste, helps to explain why the print was confiscated by the Nazis as ‘degenerate art' in 1937.

  • Credits Purchased 1984
  • Medium Lithograph on paper
  • Size 59.60 x 50.40 cm (paper 65.20 x 50.40 cm)

Cabaret

The term cabaret describes various forms of live entertainment offered in a bar, nightclub or restaurant. It is epitomized by the film (also called Cabaret) starring Liza Minelli, which was set in Berlin during the Nazi Party’s rise to power.