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Bildnis Carl Sternheim

Portrait of Carl Sternheim, from the periodical "Der Bildermann," vol. 1, no. 9 (Aug 1916), published by Paul Cassirer.
Artist: Ernst Ludwig Kirchner (1880 - 1938)
Date: 1916
20th century
Dimensions: 12.2 x 8.27 in. (31 x 21 cm)
Dimensions Extent: image
Object Type: Print
Creation Place: Europe, Germany
Medium and Support: Lithograph on paper
Credit Line: Gift of James M. Reed, 2017.
Accession Number: 2017.35.757
This work is not currently on view

A founding member of Die Brücke, Kirchner believed that all artists should print their own work, rather than rely on a master printer. He also felt that lithography should be more than simply a reproduction of a drawing; here, Kirchner deliberately sought the effect of “bad printing” by smudging and eroding lines after they were put down onto the stone.


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twentieth century
Century in the proleptic Gregorian calendar including the years 1900 to 1999 (or 1901 to 2000).
Representations of real individuals that are intended to capture a known or supposed likeness, usually including the face of the person. For representations intended to be anonymous, or of fictional or mythological characters, see "figures (representations)."

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