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#472 - Ernst Ludwig Kirchner

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Scarce 1936 letter penned just two years before his tragic end

German painter and printmaker (1880–1938) who was instrumental in creating the style that defined ‘Expressionism’ in 20th-century German art. Scarce ALS in German, signed “E. L. Kirchner,” one page on a 5.75 x 4 postcard, March 3, 1936. Letter to K. W. Senn about a meeting they will have on Thursday. In part (translated): “I will provide some paintings, and I am glad to get acquainted with you.” In fine condition. During the period he wrote this letter Kirchner became increasingly disturbed by the rise of the Nazis in his homeland (he had moved permanently to Davos, Switzerland, in 1918), and news of their attacks on modern art threw him into a deep depression. The Nazis branded his artwork as ‘degenerate’ in 1937 and confiscated all of his paintings on display in public museums, which amounted to over 600 works; Kirchner would commit suicide the following year. A rare piece from the early stages of this tragic era in art history. RR Auction COA.

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