London

Dancing Couple, 1909.

Dancing Couple, 1909.

London

Ernst Ludwig Kirchner

Royal Academy | Burlington Gardens
6 Burlington Gardens
July 24, 2013–September 21, 2003

National Gallery of Art
Sixth Street and Constitution Avenue, NW
March 2–June 1, 2003

The most haunting and seductive of the German Expressionists, Kirchner was a founder of the Dresden-based Die Brücke in 1905 and the group’s most ardent apologist. With thirty-five paintings, five sculptures, and eighty-plus works on paper, this retrospective curated by Jill Lloyd, Magdalena Moeller, Andrew Robison, and Norman Rosenthal is the artist’s first in the US since 1968 and the first in Britain ever. Look for naturist bacchanals, primitivist totems, out-there bohemian studio scenes, scarecrow-chic Berlin women, grim self-portraits as a soldier, and eerie Alpine snowscapes. Having lived to see the Nazis destroy his art, Kirchner committed suicide at age fifty-eight in Switzerland—an incalculable loss for modern art.