Badende (Badende im Teich). Um 1909. Colored chalk drawing. Verso with the estate stamp (Lugt 1570b) and the hand-written number "FS Dre/Bf 16". On creme wove paper. 34.7 x 45.5 cm (13.6 x 17.9 in), the full sheet. [CH].
• Gaudy and dynmic bather scene from the best days of the "Brücke". • The bather motif and the outdoor nude are among the main motifs of the "Brücke" artists. • Kirchner's painting "Badende in Moritzburg" (1909/26) at Tate London shows similar nudes resting on the waterside, while Kirchner chose a very similar landscape setting for the painting "Badende" (1909) at Von der Heydt-Museum, Wuppertal.
The work is documented at the Ernst Ludwig Kirchner Archive, Wichtrach/Bern.
PROVENANCE: From the artist's estate (Davos 1938, Kunstmuseum Basel 1946). Stuttgarter Kunstkabinett Roman Norbert Ketterer, Stuttgart (1954). Galerie Nierendorf, Berlin (April 28, 1969). Private collection Flensburg. Private collection Germany (inherited from aforementioned).
EXHIBITION: E. L. Kirchner. Aquarelle, Pastelle, Handzeichnungen, Galerie Meta Nierendorf, Berlin, November 20, 1961 until February 28, 1962, cat. no. 58 (with illu. on p. 21).