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Toilette - Frau vor dem Spiegel

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Ernst Ludwig Kirchner (1880 - 1938)

Toilette - Frau vor dem Spiegel

(La toilette - Femme au miroir)

[1913 / 1920]

Huile sur toile

100,5 x 75,5 cm

Inscriptions :S.D.B.DR. : "EL Kirchner / 12" [datation fautive]

Peinte en 1913 et retouchée en 1920

Achat, 1980

Numéro d'inventaire : AM 1980-54

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Description for the presentation 2015-2016 in the National Museum of Modern Art

The shingled hair, pointed chin and narrow mouth of the woman in the mirror are those of Erna Schilling, painter Ernst Ludwig Kirchner’s partner. He met her in 1911, in the Berlin cabaret where she worked as a dancer, while he was on the look-out for models. In this intimate portrait, the painter brings out his model’s melancholy temperament through the distortion of reality. The pervasive blue, the elongation of forms and the summary and disruptive rendering of space are all expressive of strong emotion. The reflection in the mirror, which doesn’t correspond to the woman’s attitude, sugges...

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