Mädchenkopf (Erna). 1912. Black Chalk drawing. Verso with the estate stamp of the Kunstmuseum Basel (Lugt 1570 b) and the hand-written registration number "K Be/Ba 5". Verso titled "Mädchenkopf" and inscribed "Strichätzung" as well as with two direction arrows (presumably regarding a different artwork). On firm and smooth creme wove paper. 31.6 x 24 cm (12.4 x 9.4 in), nearly the full sheet. [CH].
• Characteristic, expressive figure study from the important "Brücke" period. • Kirchner portrays the night club dancer Erna Schilling with energetic, dynamic lines, in 1911 she became Kirchner's model and partner. • Facial expression, clothing and composition are similar to the painting "Portrait Erna Schilling" (1913, Nationalgalerie, Berlin -Gordon 298) .
PROVENANCE: Artist's estate (Davos 1938, Kunstmuseum Basel 1946). Galerie Nierendorf, Berlin. Private collection (acquired from the above in 1961).
LITERATURE: Will Grohmann, Das Werk Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, München 1926, p. 13 (with illu.).