Jun 7, 2007

Wrestlers in a Circus

Wrestlers in a Circus


Ernst Ludwig Kirchner

(German, 1880–1938)

Oil on canvas

Framed: 107.5 x 121 x 7 cm (42 5/16 x 47 5/8 x 2 3/4 in.); Unframed: 80.5 x 94 cm (31 11/16 x 37 in.)

Contemporary Collection of The Cleveland Museum of Art and Bequest of William R. Valentiner 1966.49

Did you know?

During the 1930s, 639 works by Kirchner were removed from German museums and either destroyed or sold to foreign collectors and museums. The year after the Nazis organized the Degenerate Art exhibition in Munich, Kirchner committed suicide.


Locked in a dangerous embrace, beefy wrestlers writhe on a brightly colored mat. Famous for his scenes of urban life, Kirchner uses loose brushstrokes to capture the blur of bodies in motion. Imagine watching this intense match, surrounded by screaming spectators.


Psychology of Modern Life
Primitive Human Emotions
Kirchner and Die Brücke
Degenerate Art
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