Exhibition Preview: Expressionist Art in Washington, DC

The National Gallery of Art, in Washington, DC is hosting an exhibition that brings together works from major German art movements, most notably the haunting German Expressionists. “Modern German Prints and Drawings from the Kainen Collection” includes works ranging from the 19th century to the 1970s, and although this spans some 200 years, the focus of Kainen’s collecting was German art from 1910 to 1930. These two decades represent the peak years of German Expressionism, a movement that questioned the ideals of timeless beauty and dared to create dynamic, often harsh art that reflected the social, cultural, and political mindset of its time.

Get a sneak peak of what you will enjoy at the exhibition—running through June 29th—with the images below.  For more information, visit the National Gallery of Art’s website, and to stay abreast of America’s best exhibitions, subscribe to Drawing magazine if you haven’t already!

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Der Polster (The Cushion)
by Max Kurzweil, 1903, color woodcut on japan paper, 11 1/4 x 10 3/16.
National Gallery of Art, Washington, Gift of Ruth Cole Kainen.

 

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Fränzi Reclining
by Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, 1910, black crayon on yellow paper, 8 3/8 x 11 15/16.
National Gallery of Art, Washington, Gift of Ruth Cole Kainen.

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Five Women on the Street
by Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, woodcut on blotting paper, 20 1/2 x 15 3/8 .
National Gallery of Art, Washington, Ruth and Jacob Kainen Collection.

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Head of Dr. Bauer
by Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, color woodcut on japan paper, 19 11/16 x 13 3/4.
National Gallery of Art, Washington, Gift of Ruth Cole Kainen.

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Mountain Stream
by Egon Schiele, 1917, black crayon, 11 3/4 x 18 1/16 .
National Gallery of Art, Washington, Gift of Ruth Cole Kainen

 

 

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