This canvas from 1910 – made when Kirchner was 30 years old and studying to become an architect – is an example of the artist's emerging Expressionist style. He took a commonplace subject, a view of the neighbourhood where he lived, and turned it into a moving scene. Kirchner achieves this by various means, primarily by the striking contrast between the straight lines of the buildings and the fanciful contours of the trees. He has left parts of the rough canvas unpainted, which has the effect of toning down the contrasts in the colour palette.A work by a related German Expressionist is The Augustijnenrei in the Morning in Bruges by Erich Heckel.
SizeH: 64,5 cm
MediumOil on canvas