Mountain Landscape from Clavadel

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.

Inscription

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

Provenance

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

Copyright

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

Mountain Landscape from Clavadel

Dimensions
135 x 200.3 cm (53 1/8 x 78 7/8 in.)
Medium or Technique
Oil on canvas
Classification
Paintings
Type
Landscape
Accession Number
56.13
On view
Charlotte F. and Irving W. Rabb Gallery (Europe, 1900–1960 / Modernism) - 155

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