Street at Schöneberg City Park

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Ernst Ludwig Kirchner (German, 1880–1938)
Street at Schöneberg City Park, 1912–13
Oil on canvas
47 5/8 × 59 3/8 in. (120.97 × 150.81 cm)
Gift of Mrs. Harry Lynde Bradley M1964.55
Photo credit: Larry Sanders
Currently on View

When the German Expressionist artist Ernst Ludwig Kirchner arrived in Berlin from Dresden in 1911, he was immediately impressed with the energy of the city. In this view of an urban intersection bordering a park, Kirchner concentrated on the plunging depth and distorted panoramic sweep of the wide streets and grand, arcaded buildings that frame a scattering of fashionable pedestrians. Rather than focusing on the park as a motif, the artist made a dynamic composition about urban space. The attitude of embracing modernity that characterizes the painting was prominent in Kirchner’s life as well as his art. A member of the avant-garde German group Brücke (Bridge), Kirchner was dedicated to capturing the people and places of his own time and rendering them in expressive modes that were altogether new.

Publication History
Heller, Reinhold. Brücke: The Birth of Expressionism in Dresden and Berlin, 1905 – 1913. Ostfildern: Hatje Cantz, 2009, p. 133, pl. 5.

Wye, Deborah. Kirchner and the Berlin Street. New York: Museum of Modern Art, 2008, p. 34, pl. 23.

Kort, Pamela. Ernst Ludwig Kirchner: Berlin Street Scene. New York: Neue Galerie, 2007, p. 33-4, color pl.

Arnaldo, Javier, and Magdalena M. Moeller. Brücke El Nacimiento Del Expressionismo Alemán. Madrid: Fundación Colección Thyssen-Bornemisza, 2005, illus. p. 311.

Andera, Margaret, Nonie Gadsden, Britt Salvesen, and Laurie Winters. Collection Guide: Milwaukee Art Museum. Milwaukee, Wisconsin: Milwaukee Art Museum, 2004, pp. 48, 72, cat. 79, color illus. p. 48.

Lloyd, Jill. Ernst Ludwig Kirchner: 1880–1938. Washington, D.C.: National Gallery of Art, 2003, cat. 80, color illus.

Milwaukee Art Museum. Building a Masterpiece: Milwaukee Art Museum. New York: Hudson Hill Press, 2001, p. 122, color illus.

Goldstein, Rosalie, ed. Guide to the Permanent Collection. Milwaukee, Wisconsin: Milwaukee Art Museum, 1986, p. 130-131, color illus. p. 131.

Milwaukee Art Center. Personal Selections from the Mrs. Harry Lynde Bradley Collection. New Orleans: Bradley Family Foundation, 1975, color illus. p. 18.

Dube, Wolf Dieter, translated by Mary Whittall. Expressionism. New York: Praeger, 1973, p. 44, illus. p. 44.

Gordon, Donald. E. Ernst Ludwig Kirchner. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press, 1968, cat. 292, pl. 46.

Gordon, Donald. Ernst Ludwig Kirchner: A Retrospective Exhibition. Boston: Museum of Fine Arts, distributed by New York Graphic Society, 1968, cat. 35, illus. p. 25 and 68.

Milwaukee Art Center. The Collection of Mrs. Harry Lynde Bradley. Milwaukee, Wisconsin: Milwaukee Art Center, 1968, cat. 43, color illus. p. 48.

Grohmann, Will. E. L. Kirchner. New York: Arts, Inc., 1961, p. 54, color illus. p. 49.

Kunsthalle Bremen. Meisterwerke des deutschen Expressionismus. Bremen: Kunsthalle Bremen, 1960, cat. 20, color illus.

Meisterwerke des deutschen Expressionismus. Stuttgart: Dr. Cantz’sche Druckerei, 1960, cat. 20, color illus.

Staatsgalerie Stuttgart. Brücke. Stuttgart: Staatsgalerie, 1959, pl. 13.

Ulm Museum. Die Brücke. Ulm, Germany: Ulm Museum, 1959, cat. 10.

Urban, Martin. Brücke 1905-1913: eine Künstlergemeinschaft des Expressionismus. Essen: Museum Folkwang Essen, 1958, cat. 88.

Kunsthaus Zürich. Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, 1880-1938. Zürich: Kunsthaus Zürich, 1952, cat. 35.

Galerie Ludwig Schames. Ausstellung von Gemälden von E.L. Kirchner. Frankfurt: Ludwig Schames, 1919, cat. 46, illus.

Freie Secession. Katalog der ersten Ausstellung der Freien Secession, Berlin. Berlin: Vertag der Ausstellungshaus am Kurfürstendamm, 1914, cat. 108.
Exhibition History
The Birth of German Expressionism: Brücke in Dresden and Berlin, 1905–1913, Neue Galerie, New York, February 26–June 29, 2009.

Die Brücke Restospective, Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid, February 1–May 15, 2005; Museo Nacional de Arte de Catluna, Barcelona, June 7–September 4, 2005; Brücke Museum, Berlin, Germany, October 1, 2005-January 15, 2006.

Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Royal Academy of Arts, London, June 20–September 21, 2003.

The Representation of the City in Painting from the 18th Century to the Present, Berlin Museum, Berlin, Germany, September 19–November 15, 1987.

Ernst Ludwig Kirchner: A Retrospective Exhibition, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, Washington, November 23, 1968-January 5, 1969; Pasadena Art Museum, January 16–February 23, 1969; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, March 20–April 27, 1969.

The Collection of Mrs. Harry Lynde Bradley, Milwaukee Art Center, October 25, 1968–February 23, 1969.

A Selection from the Gifts and Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Lynde Bradley, Milwaukee Art Center, February 1–March 4, 1962.

Meisterwerke des deutschen Expressionismus, Kunsthalle Bremen, March 20–May 1, 1960; Kunstverien Hannover, May 15–June 26, 1960; Gemeentemuseum Den Haag, July 15–September 4, 1960; Wallraf-Richartz-Museum, Cologne, September 18–November 20, 1960.

Die Brücke, Ulm Museum, Ulm, Germany, 1959.

Brücke, Staatsgalerie Stuttgart, 1959.

Brücke 1905-1913: eine Künstlergemeinschaft des Expressionismus, Museum Folkwang Essen, Germany, 1958.

Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, 1880-1938, Kunsthaus, Zürich, March 29–May 4, 1952.

Ausstellung von Gemälden von E.L. Kirchner, Galerie Ludwig Schames, Frankfurt, Germany, 1919.

Freie Secession, Berlin, Germany, 1914.


This information is subject to change as the result of ongoing research.