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Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Two Girls under an Umbrella, 1910, oil on canvas, National Gallery of Art, Washington, Gift (Partial and Promised), Collection of Arnold and Joan Saltzman

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Two Girls under an Umbrella, Kirchner (Verbal Description)

This work dates to early in Kirchner’s prolific career, when he was a founding member of the expressionist group called Die Brücke, or The Bridge, in Dresden in 1905. In this painting, Kirchner has depicted two nudes in a natural setting, rather than in the contrived space of an academic studio. This work is also an example of the artist’s use of bold, often crude, forms and vibrant color.