By: Louk Vreeswijk

Dec 03 2017


Category: Europe, Netherlands

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More than a century ago, the painter Ernst Ludwig Kirchner was part of “Die Brücke”, a small group of German artists that with their work wanted to form a bridge (Brücke) between the old art and a new style of painting which became known as expressionism.

For a few years around 1910, a young girl called Fränzi frequented their studio in North Germany where she inspired Kirchner and the others to a number of paintings and drawings.

Fränzi was only 9 or 10 years old at the time, a child still, although to me she looks already a bit older in this painting. She seems a little bashful, slightly embarrassed, as one can expect of a girl in her phase of bodily development.
In 1910 she stood as it were on the bridge between childhood and young womanhood. Maybe that is what fascinated the painters of Die Brücke.

Photos of the week: Nacktes Mädchen hinter Vorhang (Fränzi) 1910, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, Netherlands 2015

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