Badende am Ufer. Um 1911. Pencil drawing and watercolor, white-heightened in chalk. Verso with the estate stamp of the Kunstmuseum Basel (1570b) and the hand-written registration number: "A Dr/Bf 26". On firm brownish wove paper. 32.5 x 26.3 cm (12.7 x 10.3 in), the full sheet.
Intense drawing from the artist's most important period of creation. The work is registered at the Ernst Ludwig Kirchner archive, Wichtrach/Bern.
PROVENANCE: Artist's estate. Galerie Theo Hill, Cologne. Collection Westdeutscher Rundfunk, Cologne.
Kirchner's drawings from the years before WW I, characterized by a poised line, comprise everything that made German Expressionism so unique. Ernst Ludwig Kirchner's drawings from this time count among the most important documents of this era of change. Everything that had been of importance was suddenly contested, the focus was put on the purely graphic aspect. Within the overall creation of German Expressionism, Kirchner's drawings represent an independent work complex that unmistakably stand its grounds. Despite all strictness of the line, this drawing also shows a certain grace, alone for the gesture of the depicted woman. A sparse coloring increases the charm of the composition, which was presumably made in connection with the nudes at the Moritzburg Lakes. [KD]