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Reclining Nude

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In 1905 Kirchner was among the founders of an idealistic artistic brotherhood in Dresden called The Bridge (Die Brücke). Inspired by the intensity of Vincent van Gogh's vision of nature, Paul Gauguin's arbitrary color, and the expressive distortion of the Norwegian painter Edvard Munch, these...

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Lower left: E.L Kirchner 09


Possibly with Alfred Flechtheim or the Galerie Flechtheim [see note 1]. 1935, possibly with Galerie Dr. Schumann, Frankfurt; 1935, possibly sold by Schumann to Mr. Ris; by 1948, given by Ris to his sister, Elisabeth Ris (b. 1872 - d. 1959), Zurich; 1953, sold by Miss Ris to Dr. Hermann Ganz, Zurich [see note 2]; January 1955, sold by Ganz to Roland, Browse and Delbanco, London; February 19, 1955, one-half share sold by Roland, Browse and Delbanco to Marlborough Fine Art, Ltd., London; April 8, 1957, remaining one-half share sold by Roland, Browse and Delbanco to Marlborough [see note 3]; 1957, sold by Marlborough to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 10, 1957) NOTES: [1] "Flechtheim" appears to be written in pencil on the back of the painting stretcher. Whether it was actually owned by Alfred Flechtheim or the Galerie Flechtheim (which had galleries in Düsseldorf, Berlin, Cologne and Frankfurt) is not known. [2] This information comes from a letter from Hermann Ganz to Thomas N. Maytham of the MFA (February 27, 1957); according to Dr. Ganz, Elisabeth Ris received the painting from her brother. He had purchased "some paintings" at the Galerie Schumann in 1935, but Miss Ris did not know if the Kirchner painting was among them. It was certainly in her possession by 1948, when she lent it to the Kunsthaus, Zurich. [3] The information about the transactions between Roland, Browse and Delbanco and Marlborough Fine Arts, Ltd., was provided by Carol Togneri, Research Scholar, Norton Simon Museum on November 4, 2002.

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Tompkins Collection—Arthur Gordon Tompkins Fund


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



74 x 151.5 cm (29 1/8 x 59 5/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Oil on canvas