The Late Works of Ernst Ludwig Kirchner and Jens Ferdinand Willumsen

Staging Nature and Life



ISBN: 9783775746731 Category:

Anders Ehlers Dam, Anne Gregersen, Carsten Thau, Jill Lloyd, Lisbeth Lund, Uwe Fleckner


An exceptional talent, master of Expressionist art, co-founder of Die Brücke group.

Where Ernst Ludwig Kirchner’s work is concerned, superlatives are basic. It is all the more surprising, therefore, that there has been little critical appraisal of one of the most important chapters in the painter’s life and oeuvre. Besides his Expressionist acme, his imposing later-phase work deserves special attention and recognition.

In exile in Davos, Kirchner again managed to produce an outstanding cycle of pictures, before committing suicide at the age of fifty-eight. Though continuing to use his inimitable style, he nevertheless invented something entirely new. Nature appears as an intoxicating space in intense colours, where the dignity of the human figure is negotiated in a dynamic aesthetic. The scholarly publication gives readers the complete picture in the context of another Expressionist living in a self-imposed exile during those years: Danish painter J. F. Willumsen (1863-1958). The juxtaposition of Kirchner and Willumsen poses a visually persuasive and entirely new perspective on an intense, colourful and vital vision of painting from the 1910s-1930s.

Additional information

Weight 1090 g
Dimensions 24.9 x 27.3 cm
Publisher name Hatje Cantz Verlag
Publication date 1 February 2021
Number of pages 208
Format Paperback / softback
Dimensions 24.9 x 27.3 cm
Weight 1090 g

ERNST LUDWIG KIRCHNER (1880-1938) was a co-founder of the art group Die Brücke (The Bridge) and is considered one of the major figures of German Expressionism. In 1917 he retreated to Davos, where he created his later work.

J.F. WILLUMSEN (1863-1958) was one of the most versatile artists in Denmark. Throughout his long life he was passionately occupied by artistic questions. He expressed himself in all the media of the visual arts that were available to him, and he continually made new demands of his work.