Ernest Kirchner: artist 1880-1938

Hand and Head, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner's "Self-portrait as Soldier" Springer, Peter,
   Cloth, 09/04/2002 Univ.California P. 35.00

 

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Publisher

Univ.California P.

Publication Date

09/04/2002

Binding

Cloth

ISBN

0520216261

List Price

35.00

Description

Expressionist painter Ernst Ludwig Kirchner's Self-Portrait as Soldier (1915) is one of the best-known self-portraits of the modern classical period. With its sharp foreground focus on the uniformed artist's bloody amputated hand, the painting has long been interpreted as a vehement protest against war, specifically World War I and Kirchner's participation in it. Peter Springer's innovative study presents a convincing alternative reading of Kirchner's epochal work. Springer sees in it, not a harsh condemnation of militarism, but a marked ambivalence in the artist's attitude toward war. This new reading of the painting grows out of Springer's assessment of its imagery in relation to patronage, gender relations, and national identity - and particularly to propaganda and satire. Using Kirchner's letters and other documentation, much of it only recently available, Springer reconstructs the years of Kirchner's military service. He juxtaposes a range of visual contexts that include traditions of self-portraiture, depictions of prosthetic devices, and propaganda accounts of German soldiers hacking off the hands of Belgian and French children. He then considers Kirchner in relation to Albrecht Durer and to theoretical arguments on the relative dominance of hand and mind in the pictorial arts that invoke the image of "Raphael without hands." Nearly 100 illustrations superbly complement the text.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ernst ludwig kirchner

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Ernst Ludwig Kirchner 1880-1938

 

by Grisebach, Lucius
ISBN 3822865214
October 1, 1999
Published by Taschen America Llc
Hardcover
Weight: 3.20 lbs.   Dimensions: 0.75 in. by 10 in. by 12.25 in.

Table of contents
The Early Years
6
Unfaked, Direct, Real
26
The Streets of Berlin
70
The Critical Years
126
The Alpine Experience
152
Self-Scrutiny and Style
172
Ernst Ludwig Kirchner: A Chronology
192
Bibliography 199

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Out of Print

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Ernst Ludwig Kirchner Drawings and Pastels

 

by Henze, Wolfgang; Ketterer, Roman Norbert; Kirchner, Ernst Ludwig
ISBN 0933516355
October 1, 1983
Published by Art Books Intl Ltd
Hardcover

list price US$65.00

 

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Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, 1880-1938

 

by Lloyd, Jill; Moeller, Magdalena
ISBN 190397318X
March 1, 2003
Published by Harry N Abrams
Hardcover

list price US$49.95

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Ernst Ludwig Kirchner: 1880-1938

 

by Grisebach, Lucius
ISBN 3822889032
June 1, 1996
Published by Taschen America Llc
Paperback

Number of pages: 200   Binding: Paperback   
Weight: 2.55 lbs.   Dimensions: 0.75 in. by 9.75 in. by 12.25 in.

list price US$19.99

Out of Print