Museum Folkwang
Leipziger Strasse mit elektrischer Bahn
  • Ernst Ludwig Kirchner
  • Leipziger Strasse mit elektrischer Bahn, 1914

  • Leipziger Straße with Electric Tram
  • Oil and mixed technique on canvas
  • 71,5 x 87 cm
  • Acquired in 1981 with the support of the Eugen-und-Agnes-von-Waldthausen-Platzhoff-Museums-Stiftung
  • Inv. G 449
  • CommentaryThe series of ›Berlin Street Scenes‹ of the years 1913 to 1915 are among the artist's most important group of works. Apart from numerous drawings, aquarelles and pastels, it is especially in his paintings that the artist depicted the hectic nightlife in the metropolis on the eve of the First World War. With more detail than his works with similar motifs, Kirchner captured the nighttime hustle and bustle on ›Leipziger Straße‹, a chic Berlin boulevard. Streetlights, neon signs and passer-byes under the arcades with their many shops impart the nervous tempo of a modern metropolis. On the right side in the foreground are two well-dressed ladies – in Kirchner's street scenes these were usually cocottes – and two elegantly dressed men with stovepipe hats following them. In the middle, a crowded tram – Line 88 – pushes forward between the two classical guardhouses on Leipziger Platz, to the left the two white beams of light of the streetlights attract the viewer's gaze; in the background the red of a neon light glows; to the right a facade leans into the picture: All this simultaneously and demanding the viewer’s close attention.
  • Provenance1931, Alfred Hess, Erfurt;
    1931 - 1936, Erbschaft, Hans Hess, London; (Thekla Hess-Pauson, Lichtenfels/Bayern)
    1936, Kommission, Kölnischer Kunstverein
    1979?, Privatsammlung, England
    1979? - 1981, Marlborough Fine Art Gallery, London/Vaduz
    1981, Kauf bei Marlborough, London/Vaduz, Museum Folkwang
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  • Obj_Ownership_S (Verantw):Painting, Sculpture, Media Art
  • Obj_SpareNField01_N (Verantw): 187
  • Obj_Creditline_S: Gemäldesammlung
  • Obj_Title1_S: Leipziger Strasse mit elektrischer Bahn
  • Obj_Title2_S: Leipziger Straße with Electric Tram
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  • Obj_Dating_S: 1914
  • Jahr von: 1,914
  • Jahr bis: 1,914
  • Obj_IdentNr_S: G 449
  • Obj_IdentNrSort_S: G 0449
  • Obj_Classification_S (Objtyp): Painting
  • Obj_Crate_S: 71,5 x 87 cm
  • Obj_Material_S: Oil and mixed technique on canvas
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  • Obj_SpareSField01_S (Mat./Tech.): Oil and mixed technique on canvas
  • Obj_AccNote_S (Erwerb): Acquired in 1981 with the support of the Eugen-und-Agnes-von-Waldthausen-Platzhoff-Museums-Stiftung
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  • Obj_Rights_S: © Museum Folkwang, Essen
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Provenance

1931, Alfred Hess, Erfurt;
1931 - 1936, Erbschaft, Hans Hess, London; (Thekla Hess-Pauson, Lichtenfels/Bayern)
1936, Kommission, Kölnischer Kunstverein
1979?, Privatsammlung, England
1979? - 1981, Marlborough Fine Art Gallery, London/Vaduz
1981, Kauf bei Marlborough, London/Vaduz, Museum Folkwang