Trees in Autumn

Ernst Ludwig Kirchner (German, 1880-1938)
c. 1906
Oil on paperboard 
27-7/8 x 19-5/8 in. (70.8 x 49.8 cm) 
Credit Line:
Norton Simon Museum, Gift of Mr. B. Gerald Cantor 
Accession Number:
© (for works by E. L. Kirchner) by Ingeborg & Dr. Wolfgang Henze-Ketterer, Wichtrach/Bern 
Not on View

Kirchner was one of the great leaders of German Expressionism as a painter, graphic artist, sculptor, and photographer. He co-founded the artists' group Die Brücke (The Bridge), intended to be a bridge to a new international position for German art. The depiction of this passive forest landscape is enlivened by the rich colors laid down in large, thick, and lengthy strokes. Marking a pivotal point in the artist's career, this painting bridges the transformation between Kirchner's more decorative, French-influenced divisionist style and the full-fledged expressionist style he developed within Die Brücke group beginning in 1907.


Estate of the artist, 1938;
Estate of the artist’s wife, Erna Kirchner, until 1945;
Basle Art Museum (maintaining estate) 1945/46-1954;
Brothers of artist, Biberach, Germany, 1954-1955;
[Roman Norbert Ketterer, Lago di Lugano, Switzerland (executor of the artist’s estate), 1955-1963];
[Paul Kantor Gallery, Beverly Hills, California, 1963];
B. Gerald Cantor, Beverly Hills, California, by 1964, gift 1966 to;
Pasadena Art Museum, 1966-1975;
Norton Simon Museum, 1975.

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