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Boats on the Elbe in Dresden (Boote auf der Elbe bei Dresden)

Ernst Ludwig Kirchner was the leading member of the Expressionist group Brücke (Bridge), which was active in Dresden and Berlin from 1905 to 1913. The Expressionists developed a style characterized by spontaneous brushwork, vivid colors, and personal interpretations of their surroundings. When painting views of Dresden, Kirchner focused on suburban scenes and often incorporated nature into the cityscape. In this painting, for example, apartment houses or factories are seen from a vantage point on the River Elbe, which dominates the composition. Kirchner reworked this painting in 1920, adding the figure of the boatman at that time.

Ernst Ludwig Kirchner
German (also active in Switzerland), 1880–1938
Boats on the Elbe in Dresden (Boote auf der Elbe bei Dresden)
1910 (reworked ca. 1920)
Oil on canvas
24 3/8 x 34 ¾ in. (61.9 x 88.3 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, Jane and Roger Wolcott Memorial, Gift of Thomas T. Solley, 75.34