Object Image

Portrait of the Poet Ghuttmann

In this portrait, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner elongated the features of his friend, the Expressionist poet Simon Guttmann, in a manner reminiscent of a stylized African mask. Wearing unusually colorful European clothing, Guttmann is seated in a chair draped with boldly patterned Indonesian batik fabric. An open Japanese umbrella frames his head. Kirchner was a member of the Dresden-based Die Brücke (The Bridge) group. Seeking to re-energize what they felt was the tired, academic art of the past, they incorporated forms and colors borrowed from the art of non-European countries.

Gift of the Friends of Art...

Oil on canvas
32.1 x 25.6in
Image and text: The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, 2023

Where you'll find this

Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
Permanent collection