Ernst Ludwig Kirchner (1880-1938) was a German expressionist painter and printmaker. He was a member of the artist group "Die Brücke," which sought to challenge traditional academic art and create a new modern style that expressed the angst and alienation of modern life.Kirchner's work was characterized by bold brushstrokes, vibrant colors, and distorted perspectives, reflecting the psychological turmoil of the era. He frequently depicted urban scenes, street life, and nudes, exploring the themes of sexuality, identity, and the human condition.After serving in World War I, Kirchner suffered from a nervous breakdown, and his work became more introspective and spiritual. He eventually settled in Switzerland, where he continued to create art until his death by suicide in 1938. Kirchner's innovative style and artistic vision continue to inspire and influence artists around the world.