In this outstanding woodcut, Kirchner went to great effort to make use of all the possibilities offered by this printing technique. He used several diversely coloured blocks and set them with great precision, both side by side and one above the other, so that the colours overlap.
It was only after his press – weighing more than a hundred kilograms – had been brought from Berlin to his Swiss exile that the artist was able to execute elaborate coloured woodcuts like this one. It echoes the composition of an oil painting he had already completed. There is a supernatural quality to the colours of the moonlit winter night, which Kirchner had observed early one morning in the mountains opposite his house.
Photo: Städel Museum – U. Edelmann – ARTOTHEK