They (his Street scene paintings and drawings) originated in the years 1911-14, in one of the loneliest times of my life, during which an agonizing restlessness drove me out onto the streets day and night, which were filled with people and cars.
Notebook entry ‘Meine Strasenbilder’, 24 Augustus 1919; as quoted in “Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Meisterwerke der Druckgraphik”, M. M. Moeller, Gerd Hatje, Stuttgart 1990 p. 184
The struggle for existence is very difficult here (Berlin), but the possibilities are also greater. I hope that we can create a fruitful new school and convince many new friends of the value of our efforts.Ernst Ludwig Kirchner
Every day I studied the nude, and movement in the streets and in the shops. Out of the naturalistic surface with all its variations I wanted to derive the pictorially determined surface.Ernst Ludwig Kirchner
All art needs this visible world and will always need it. Quite simply because, being accessible to all, it is the key to all other worlds.Ernst Ludwig Kirchner
The technical procedures doubtless release energies in the artist that remain unused in the much more lightweight processes of drawing or painting (remark on printmaking).Ernst Ludwig Kirchner
I begin with movement... ...I believe that all human visual experiences are born from movement…Ernst Ludwig Kirchner
It seems as though the goal of my work has always been to dissolve myself completely into the sensations of the surroundings in order to then integrate this into a coherent painterly form.Ernst Ludwig Kirchner