Ernst Ludwig Kirchner: Peter Schlemihl's Wondrous Story


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Hardcover | 25.7 x 2.9 x 32.4 cm | 192 pp

Prestel | 2014 | 9783791353968

This volume accompanied an exhibition at Brucke Museum, Berlin, 2014. It presents one of Kirchner's most important woodcuts series, based on the legend of Faust. Carved during a stay in a sanatorium near Frankfurt, these woodcuts reflect Kirchner's own tortuous emotions as he tells the story of a man who sells his shadow to the devil.

This gorgeous edition features several foldout pages that allow readers to compare and contrast each full-page segment. It also explores Kirchner's innovative printmaking technique, which involved sawed up plates stained in monotype style. Essays by Kirchner scholars discuss the series' vital contribution to the artist's oeuvre, while exploring his extraordinary use of colour, line, and shape to tell a story that is at once universal and highly personal. 

Arguably the greatest of the German Expressionists, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner's numerous paintings, sculptures, prints, and drawings are loved for their bold colours and dynamics. An admirer of Albrecht Durer's woodcuts, Kirchner sought to revitalize the technique for his generation, using a pictorial vocabulary that inspired other Expressionists.

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