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This artwork, Two Standing Nude Women, before a Fir Tree, Mountainside (Zwei stehende nackte Madchen vor Tanne am Bergabhang) by Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, is currently for sale at Harris Schrank Fine Prints.
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Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Two Standing Nude Women, before a Fir Tree, Mountainside (Zwei stehende nackte Madchen vor Tanne am Bergabhang)
 
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TITLE:  Two Standing Nude Women, before a Fir Tree, Mountainside (Zwei stehende nackte Madchen vor Tanne am Bergabhang)
ARTIST:  Ernst Ludwig Kirchner (German, 1880–1938)
WORK DATE:  1926
CATEGORY:  Prints and Multiples
MATERIALS:  Drypoint and aquatint
MARKINGS:  Signed E.L. Kirchner in pencil lower right and dated ’25; also annotated “Eigendruck” (hand proofed by the artist) lower left. Reference: Dube R 546 I (of II).
SIZE:  12 1/4 x 10, the sheet 17 1/4 x 14
STYLE:  German Expressionism
PRICE*:  Contact Gallery for Price
GALLERY:  Harris Schrank Fine Prints  +1-212-662-1234  Send Email
DESCRIPTION:  Reference: Dube R 546 I (of II). On yellow japan paper, with margins, in good condition (slight creasing in margins, upper verso margin skinned in places, slight ink and soil marks in margins as characteristic of an artist-pulled proof).

A fine atmospheric first state impression of this rare composition. In the second state the aquatint areas – the trees, mountains, shadows – were darkened with additional hatching; the figures given a bit more contouring.

Although assigned the title Two Standing Nude Women it appears possible that the figure at the left is indeed a man, and if so, quite possibly a self portrait of the artist himself. Indeed, this may be an Adam and Eve coupling, although the usual accompaniments (apple, snake, etc.) are not expressly evident. These conjectures must await further exploration.

PROVENANCE:  Unidentified collectors stamp lower left recto (circular, with lettering, number in center, not found in Lugt)
ONLINE CATALOGUE(S):  Harris Schrank Fine Prints Inventory Catalogue
 
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