Bio: Kirchner was a painter, sculptor, draftsman and a photographer. In 1904 he studied architecture in Dresden and there began painting with Erich Heckel. These two artists joined with Fritz Bleyl, Karl Schmidt-Rottluff and Emil Nolde to form Die Brucke. This association continued until 1913.
Between 1913 and 1915 Kirchner completed his famous series of works which capture the pulsating life of a modern Berlin. In 1914 Kirchner voluntarily joined the military service, but he was medically discharged at the end of 1915 following a nervous breakdown.
In 1918 he moved to a farm house in Davos in the Alps and remained there until his death.
In 1937 The Nazis confiscated all of his paintings on display in Public Museums, declaring his work 'degenerate'.