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Identification and Creation
Object Number
Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, German (Aschaffenburg am Main, Germany 1880 - 1938 Davos, Switzerland)
Alfred Döblin
Other Titles
Original Language Title: Porträt Dr. Alfred Döblin
Work Type
Persistent Link
Physical Descriptions
Oil on canvas
50.8 x 41.3 cm (20 x 16 1/4 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • Signed: recto, at l.l.: E.L. Kirchner (date illegible)
Rosy and Ludwig Fischer, Frankfurt am Main, by 1925, bequest; to Max and Ernst Fischer (1926-at least 1931.) (Ferdinand Möller, Berlin 1931]. [Buchholz Gallery, New York (by 1942-1951)], sold; to Busch-Reisinger Museum, 1951.

Painting was offered for either exhibition or sale, per Möller documents at Berlinische Galerie archives.
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Busch-Reisinger Museum, Association Fund
Accession Year
Object Number
Modern and Contemporary Art
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Publication History

Peter Selz, German Expressionist Painting, University of California Press (Berkeley and Los Angeles, CA, 1957), p. 299, plate 137, ill

Charles Werner Haxthausen, "The Busch-Reisinger Museum, Harvard: the Germanic Tradition", Apollo (May 1978), vol. 107, no. 195, pp. 403-413, p. 410

Expressionism: A German Intuition 1905-1920, exh. cat., The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation (New York, 1980), p. 130, cat. 133, ill. (b/w)

Charles Werner Haxthausen, The Busch-Reisinger Museum, Harvard University, Abbeville Press (New York, NY, 1980), p. 30, repr.

Emily D. Bilski, Berlin Metropolis: Jews and the New Culture 1890-1918, exh. cat., The Jewish Museum, New York and University of California Press (Berkeley and New York, 1999), fig. 65, p. 70

Dr. Frank Möbus and Dr. Friederike Schmidt-Möbus, ed., ed., Dichterbilder: von Walther von der Vogelweide bis Elfriede Jelinek, Philipp Reclam jun. GmbH & Co. (Stuttgart, 2003), p. 126-127, col. ill.

Jill Lloyd, ed., Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, 1880-1938, exh. cat., National Gallery of Art (Washington, 2003), cat. no. 96

Jill Lloyd, ed., Ernst Ludwig Kirchner: The Dresden and Berlin Years, exh. cat., Royal Academy of Arts (London, 2003), cat. no. 96, color ill.

Peter Nisbet and Joseph Koerner, The Busch-Reisinger Museum, Harvard University Art Museums, ed. Peter Nisbet, Harvard University Art Museums and Scala Publishers Ltd. (Cambridge, MA and London, England, 2007), p. 168

Exhibition History

Kirchner, Galerie Ludwig Schames, 10/01/1916 - 10/31/1916

Twentieth Century Portraits, Museum of Modern Art, New York, 12/09/1942 - 01/24/1943

Kirchner: First American Retrospective Exhibition of Oils, Watercolors, Prints, Busch-Reisinger Museum, 12/08/1950 - 01/12/1951

Ernst Ludwig Kirchner: A Retrospective Exhibition, Seattle Art Museum, 11/23/1968 - 01/05/1969; Pasadena Art Museum, 01/16/1969 - 02/23/1969; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 03/20/1969 - 04/27/1969

Künstler der Brücke in Berlin 1908-1914, Brücke-Museum Berlin, 09/01/1972 - 11/26/1972

Alfred Döblin 1878-1978, Schiller-Nationalmuseum, 06/10/1978 - 12/31/1978

Works from the 20th Century Collection of the Busch-Reisinger, National Gallery of Art, Washington, 06/15/1980 - 09/01/1980; Wildenstein Gallery, New York, New York, 09/23/1980 - 10/24/1980

Deutsche Kunst des 20. Jahrhunderts aus dem Busch-Reisinger Museum, Stadtische Galerie im Stadelschen Kunstinstitut, Frankfurt, 10/23/1982 - 01/16/1983; Bauhaus-Archiv, Berlin 30, 02/10/1983 - 04/17/1983; Kunstmuseum Düsseldorf, Düsseldorf, 05/08/1983 - 06/26/1983

I Am The City. Man and City in German Painting from Expressionism to the Present, Berlinische Galerie, Landesmuseum für Moderne Kunst, Fotografie und Architektur, Berlin, 08/15/1987 - 11/21/1987

Berlin Metropolis: Jews and the New Culture 1890-1918, Jewish Museum, New York, 11/14/1999 - 04/23/2000

Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Royal Academy of Arts, London, 06/28/2003 - 09/21/2003

32Q: 1500 Art in Germany Between the Wars (Expressionism-Interwar), Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 08/05/2019 - 07/31/2021

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