Art: Thirty Years War

Thirty-three years ago three young German painters living in Dresden kicked over academic traces and struck out for themselves. They shared studio, brushes, paint and their models. They exhibited their work, unsigned, together. They shared the subsequent outcry when the distorted figures and "unnatural" color of their painting shocked Germany. The boldest of them was irascible, 25-year-old Ernst Kirchner, who had been inspired by primitive art he had seen at the Dresden Ethnological Museum. Before the group broke up in 1913, its name, Die Brücke (The Bridge), had become famous, it had...

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