Ernst Ludwig Kirchner
Six Dancers (Sechs Tãnzerinnen)
oil on canvas
37½ x 49¼ in
95.3 x 125.1 cm
signed lower left, "E. L Kirchner. 11"
The Ludwig and Rosy Fischer Collection, Bequest of Anne R. Fischer
By painting the six dancers nearly all one color—an intense mauve for both dress and skin—Kirchner rendered the women doll-like. Their stiff, awkward poses further this impression, suggesting that Kirchner is as interested in staging the overall rhythm and harmony of the picture as in the figures themselves. Kirchner’s attention to patterning, coupled with his bright palette, paralleled the art of Matisse and the Fauvists, while the distinctive brushwork and flattened space recalled the work of Cézanne. SE