The Red Tower at Halle – (Ernst Ludwig Kirchner) Previous Next


Style: Expressionism

Topic: Colour Buildings

Date: 1914

Size: 92 x 120 cm

Museum: Museum Folkwang (Essen, Germany)

Technique: Oil On Canvas

The painting shows the so called “red tower” a freestanding late Gothic bell tower wuth a Gothic brick base, one of the landmarks of the city of Halle. It stands on same square as the Marktkirche (the church to the left in the background) which Feininger chose as a motif in his work. The square is portrayed as such a strongly distorted angle that it seems to have been folded into the picture plane. It is surrounded on all sides by high buildings. Within this setting, the tower combines stability and aggression. In order to underline its monumentality, Kirchner chose a larger scale for the tower than for its surroundings

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