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Girl in White Chemise by Ernst Ludwig Kirchner
Girl in White Chemise by Ernst Ludwig Kirchner

Girl in White Chemise, 1914

Ernst Ludwig Kirchner

A dark-haired woman lies prone on a richly-patterned rug, her body both softly covered and clearly revealed by her white chemise. Although she’s lying on her belly, she still manages to strike the universal pose of the coquette: chin in her hand, head tilted toward us, fixing us with a slightly sideways, yet sexually direct, gaze. The artist renders his model — her hair, her back — in flat areas of unbroken color, which lends a sculptural quality. This painting’s vivid, unnatural colors, bold brush strokes, and startling tonal juxtapositions, such as the yellow and gray accents on the subject’s skin, were hallmarks of the Fauvist style.

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Credit
Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven. Gift of Walter Bareiss
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