as a Soldier
Ernst Ludwig Kirchner
Oil on Canvas 1915
Ludwig Kirchner was greatly influenced by the French neo-Impressionists
led by Wassily Kandinsky. In 1904 he met the artist Karl
Schmidt Rottluff, the architecture students Erich Heckel
and Frintz Bleyl, and together they started Die Brücke ("The
Bridge"), one of the early expressionists circles.
Kirchner served in the army as a driver in an artillery
regiment, but soon suffered a total physical and mental
collapse that sent him into a sanitarium.