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Mountain Landscape from Clavadel

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Kirchner suffered a complete mental and physical collapse after being called up for service during World War I; he then settled in Switzerland, hoping the mountain air would cure mind and body. He turned to painting the high Alps, with bold colors and coarse brushwork, suggesting man at peace...

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Incised, upper right: K; and lower left: K; Lower right: ELKiRchneR; Reverse E L Kirchner / 25-26 / Berglandschaft von Clavadel


The estate of the artist; sold by the estate of the artist to the Galerie Beyeler, Basel [see note 1]; possibly sold by Beyeler to E. and A. Silberman Galleries, New York; 1956, sold by Silberman to the MFA. (Accession date: January 12, 1956) NOTED: [1] According to a letter from Abris Silberman (January 31, 1956) to W.G. Constable of the MFA. Silberman implies that his gallery acquired the picture from Beyeler.

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Tompkins Collection—Arthur Gordon Tompkins Fund


© (for works by E. L. Kirchner) by Ingeborg & Dr. Wolfgang Henze-Ketterer, Wichtrach/Bern



135 x 200.3 cm (53 1/8 x 78 7/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Oil on canvas