Knaben am See. 1919. Black and blue Chalk drawing. Signed in lower right, verso with the estate stamp (Lugt 1570b) and the hand-written number "K Da/Bc 19". On copper plate printing paper, partly rebacked by the artist with creme wove paper. 33.5 x 52.7 cm (13.1 x 20.7 in), the full sheet. Verso with fragments of a pencil sketch. [CH]. • First published in 1925. • Preliminary chalk drawing for the painting "Am Bergsee" (Gordon 562) from the same year. • Kirchner captures the mountain panorama on paper with such an enormous emotional will to create that it cannot withstand the artist's strong lines in places of the margins. • Almost geometrically abstracted Davos alpine landscape. • Interesting overall composition of landscape in the middle and background and figure scene in the foreground.
This work is documented at the Ernst Ludwig Kirchner Archive, Wichtrach/Bern.
PROVENANCE: From the artist's estate. Galerie Henze & Ketterer, Wichtrach/Bern. Private collection Northern Germany (acquired from aforementioned in 2000).
EXHIBITION: Im Zentrum. Ernst Ludwig Kirchner - eine Hamburger Privatsammlung, Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg, October 26, 2001 - January 13., 2002; Kirchner Museum, Davos, January 27 - April 14, 2002; Brücke-Museum, Berlin, January 17 - March 2, 2003, cat. no. 71 (with full-page illu. on p. 72).
LITERATURE: Will Grohmann, Zeichnungen von Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Dresden 1925 (with illu., plate 80). Galerie Henze & Ketterer (editor), Ernst Ludwig Kirchner zum 120. Geburtstag. Gemälde, Aquarelle und Zeichnungen, Wichtrach 2000, cat. no. 41 (with illu.).