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Ernst Ludwig Kirchner’s Berlin Studio (1915)
The Brücke artist Ernst Ludwig Kirchner (1880-1938) flouted bourgeois social conventions and sought to create a self-consciously bohemian world within the space of his studios. This photograph by Kirchner shows his studio on Körnerstraße 45 in Berlin-Steglitz. Werner Gothein (1890-1968), Kirchner’s student, and Erna Schilling (1884-1945), Kirchner’s life-partner, are seated on the bed in the background. An unknown woman in white and the naked dancer Hugo Biallowons (1879-1916) occupy the foreground. Kirchner’s painting Dodo with a Large Fan (1910) can be seen behind them.