Mountain Landscape from Clavadel

Ernst Ludwig Kirchner (German, 1880–1938)


135 x 200.3 cm (53 1/8 x 78 7/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Oil on canvas

Out on Loan

On display at Nagoya/Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Japan, March 19, 2016 – August 21, 2016





Kirchner suffered a complete mental and physical collapse after being called up for service during World War I; he then settled in Switzerland, hoping the mountain air would cure mind and body. He turned to painting the high Alps, with bold colors and coarse brushwork, suggesting man at peace with nature-an ideal that contrasted sharply with his own wartime experience.


Incised, upper right: K; and lower left: K; Lower right: ELKiRchneR; Reverse E L Kirchner / 25-26 / Berglandschaft von Clavadel


The estate of the artist; sold by the estate of the artist to the Galerie Beyeler, Basel [see note 1]; possibly sold by Beyeler to E. and A. Silberman Galleries, New York; 1956, sold by Silberman to the MFA. (Accession date: January 12, 1956) NOTED: [1] According to a letter from Abris Silberman (January 31, 1956) to W.G. Constable of the MFA. Silberman implies that his gallery acquired the picture from Beyeler.

Credit Line

Tompkins Collection—Arthur Gordon Tompkins Fund


© (for works by E. L. Kirchner) by Ingeborg & Dr. Wolfgang Henze-Ketterer, Wichtrach/Bern