Ernst Ludwig Kirchner

Interieur mit nackter Liegender und Mann [Interior with Nude Woman and Man]

About this artwork

In about 1924, Kirchner reversed the canvas of his painting 'Japanisches Theatre [Japanese Theatre]' and painted this work. It depicts the interior of the artist’s house in Davos, Switzerland, with a seated nude and a standing man, who is most likely a self-portrait. Called the ‘Wildbodenhaus’, Kirchner’s house was decorated with exotic textiles and carpets which can be seen here, as well as his own carvings. Like many of his contemporaries, Kirchner was interested in primitive sculpture, and he carved his own large sculptures, reliefs and furniture directly from tree trunks. The totemic sculpture on the left is probably by the artist himself. This decorative painting is enlivened by large patterns and intense colours and is structured around horizontal and vertical lines.

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Ernst Ludwig Kirchner

Ernst Ludwig Kirchner