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An original woodcut engraving on wove paper by German artist Ernst Ludwig Kirchner (1880-1938) titled “Der Briggel: Briggel verflucht das Geld (Briggel: Briggel Cursing Money)”, 1923. Comes from the 1923 illustrated book “Neben der Heerstrasse (Off the Main Road)” by Swiss Author Jakob Bosshart (1862-1924) comprised of 24 original woodcut engravings by Ernst Ludwig Kirchner. Issued unsigned. Edition size unknown. (There was also a special edition of 120 signed and numbered by the author.) Printed by E. Haberland, Leipzig, Germany and published by Verlag von Grethlein & Co., in both Zürich, Switzerland and Leipzig, Germany. Provenance: private collection – Windhagen, Germany. The Museum of Modern Art in New York, NY has an example of this work within their permanent collection. Sheet size: 7.5″ x 5″. Image size: 3.5″ x 3.25″. Toning to paper consistent with age. A strong impression in very good condition. Rare.
“Neben der Heerstrasse (Off the Main Road)”: Using the woodcut technique, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner created twenty-two illustrations, the title page, and the cover for this collection of six novellas by Swiss author Jakob Bosshart. Kirchner met Bosshart in Davos-Frauenkirch, Switzerland, the Alpine village to which the artist had moved in 1918. Bosshart, like Kirchner, had originally come to Davos seeking alleviation for his depression. Artist and writer were each captivated with the other’s work, and presumably around the summer and fall of 1922, Kirchner began to create the woodcuts for Bosshart’s texts. Bosshart’s novellas, written between 1917 and 1922, feature peculiar characters off the beaten track. The protagonists are predominantly village people struggling with a variety of moral conflicts, often triggered by the challenges of modernization. Kirchner’s affinity for Bosshart’s texts was likely related to his own interest in the vernacular traditions and folk culture of the area. – from the MoMA