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Portrait of a Woman

Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, German (active Switzerland), 1880–1938
Gerda Schilling, 1893–1923
Oil on canvas
Made in
Dresden, Saxony, Germany, Europe
Current Location
On View, Gallery 215
31 3/4 x 27 3/4 in. (80.6 x 70.5 cm)
Credit Line
Given by Sam J. Levin and Audrey L. Levin
Public Domain
Object Number
Ernst Ludwig Kirchner (1880-1938); Ernst Ludwig Kirchner Estate, Switzerland [1]

by 1950 - still in 1951
Buchholz Gallery (Curt Valentin), New York, NY, USA, acquired from the Kirchner Estate [2]

by 1957 - 1992
Samuel J. Levin and Audrey L. Levin (1914-1991), Miami Beach, FL; St. Louis, MO [3]

1992 -
Saint Louis Art Museum, bequest of Audrey L. Levin [4]

[1] According to the catalogue raisonné by Gordon, this painting was from the Kirchner estate [Gordon, Donald E. "Ernst Ludwig Kirchner." Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1968, cat. 191]. The painting bears the stamp of the Kirchner Estate.

[2] This painting was exhibited from December 8, 1950 - January 12, 1951. In the introduction to the exhibition catalog, it is stated that the "collection was recently imported from the Kirchner estate by the Buchholz Gallery of New York." It is listed in the catalog as lent by Buchholz Gallery ["Kirchner." Cambridge: Busch-Reisinger Museum, 1950, p. 5]. This indicates that Buchholz Gallery acquired the picture from the estate. Buchholz Gallery is known to have acquired a number of works directly from the Kirchner estate, including at least three other paintings by the artist in the Museum's collection (258:1948, 592:1958, and 901:1983). A Busch-Reisinger Museum label on the back of the painting confirms that Buchholz Gallery lent the painting. The catalogue raisonné, however, does not include Buchholz Gallery in the provenance for the painting.

[3] The catalogue raisonné indicates that the Levin's acquired the painting in 1949. They probably acquired the painting from Buchholz Gallery shortly after the gallery acquired it from the estate (see note [2]). Mr. and Mrs. Levin lent this painting to exhibitions in 1957 and 1958 ["German Expressionist Painting, 1900-1950." Claremont: Pomona College, 1957, cat. 21; "E. L. Kirchner, German Expressionist: A Loan Exhibition." Raleigh, NC: North Carolina Museum of Art, 1958, cat. 6].

According to correspondence between the Museum and the Trustees of the Audrey L. Levin Revocable Trust, after Audrey L. Levin died, the painting remained part of her estate under the care of the Trustees, until the Museum accessioned the work in 1992 [letter dated January 29, 1992, SLAM document files].

[4] Minutes of the Collections Committee of the Board of Trustees, Saint Louis Art Museum, March 18, 1992.
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