For the young artist, who studied architecture in Dresden, it was first of all the atelier, a place of freedom that offered him space for an unconstrained life and artistic creation. This is where the often revealing compositions are created that reflect the interaction between the models and the artist. An important role between the small, intimate depictions and the paintings is played by large-format drawings with which Kirchner creates pictorial compositions.
Even before he moved to Berlin in 1913, Kirchner’s style changed, moving away from flowing lines towards an edgier pictorial language. This came to him in the Berlin street scenes, in which he observed in an unusual way the relationships between cocottes and their suitors.
The stays on the Baltic Sea island of Fehmarn, especially in 1913 and 1914, opened up for the artist the longed-for unity of man and nature, which merged together. The sometimes harsh weather and the hustle and bustle of the bathers inspire Kirchner to produce a large number of drawings and prints, which are among the most important parts of his entire oeuvre.