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Ernst Ludwig Kirchner

Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Der Wasserfall (The Waterfall), 1919. Oil on canvas.  Private collection, Minnesota Marine Art Museum, Winona.

Bob Kierlin and Mary Burrichter, collecting partners at the Minnesota Marine Art Museum (MMAM) in Winona, unveiled four new paintings on long-term loan to the museum on September 12.

All four works are by 20th century German Expressionist artists and will be on view to the public in October at MMAM, in an exhibition of German paintings.

The new paintings include works by two artists associated with Die Brücke, a group of German Expressionists that was active in the first two decades of the 20th century, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner and Erich Heckel.

Erich Heckel, German

Erich Heckel, German, 1883-1970. Blick Auf Das Ufer (View of the Shore), 1913. Oil on Canvas. Private collection, Minnesota Marine Art Museum, Winona.

Kirchner’s work is a large painting called Der Wasserfall (The Waterfall, 1919). The vivid colors of this painting stand out as a waterfall cascades among rocky cliffs. Peter Trippi, editor-in-chief of Fine Art Connoisseur magazine, says the painting has a “wild energy that would reflect the future of Modern Art.”

Heckel’s coastal landscape Blick Auf Das Ufer (View of the Shore, 1913) demonstrates Die Brücke’s aim to capture their immediate impressions of a scene. Trippi describes the painting as “pulsing with energy,” the painting “conveys a feeling as much as a place.”

Gabriele Münter was a German Expressionist who was at the vanguard of the avant garde art movement in Munich. She was a student of pioneering abstract painter Wassily Kandisnky, and the two traveled extensively painting and studying art during a 15-year romantic relationship. Her painting Staffelsee (1909), features the Bavarian lake that was a frequent subject of her works.

Gabriele Münter

Gabriele Münter, Staffelsee, 1908. Oil on board.  Private collection, Minnesota Marine Art Museum, Winona.

Last is a work by German-American painter Lyonel Feininger. Kleine Yacht (1930) is reflective of the artist’s embrace of Cubism. It features a yacht in full sail, celebrating his childhood memories of growing up near New York City’s busy waterfront.

The works of German Expressionist artists, and other modern artists of the era, were considered “degenerate” by the Nazis. When Adolf Hitler came to power in the 1930s, much of it was condemned and destroyed. Many other works by these artists were lost, and these rare works survive as important examples in the evolution of Modern Art.

The Minnesota Marine Art Museum is a 501©3 nonprofit arts organization owned by its members. MMAM’s mission is to engage visitors in meaningful visual arts experiences through education and exhibitions that explore the ongoing and historic human relationship with water.

Lyonel Feininger

Lyonel Feininger,  Kleine Yacht, 1930. Oil on canvas.  Private collection, Minnesota Marine Art Museum, Winona.


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