Street Berlin, 1913
Ernst Ludwig Kirchner (German, 1880–1938)

'Here his sense of rebellion against the confining principles of academic painting and the stifling rules of bourgeois society took a new turn, as the charged atmosphere and energy of the city was felt in an expression of acute perspectives, jagged strokes, dense angular forms, and caustic color. The street life in Berlin, in particular the familiar presence of prostitutes, identified by their elaborate plumed hats, captured Kirchner's eye and inspired this spectacular series. Shown together for the first time in New York, these works exude the vitality, decadence, and underlying mood of imminent danger that characterized Berlin on the eve of World War I.'

This painting is part of the High Museum’s exhibit ‘Modern Moments’ which captures the radical artistic development from 1913 - 2013. Other artists included in this exhibit are Salvador Dali, Marcel Duchamp, Georgia O’Keeffe, and Henri Matisse. 

The exhibit will be from October 13 2012 - January 20 2013.