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In December 1915, Kirchner had to check into a mental sanatarium. There he wrote, ”After lengthy struggles I now find myself here for a time to put my mind into some kind of order. It is a terribly difficult thing, of course, to be among strangers so much of the day. But perhaps I’ll be able to see and create something new. For the time being, I would like more peace and absolute seclusion. Of course, I long more and more for my work and my studio. Theories may be all very well for keeping a spiritual balance, but they are grey and shadowy compared with work and life.”
By this late period of his career, Kirchner thickened the contours of the figures so as to overflow their borders. The faces he painted as if they were masks. Kirchner studied what the Bauhaus was doing as well as the works of Picasso. He was tempted by abstraction but he could never wholly abandon the figurative. He chose more geometric forms as his adaptation to abstraction. Other “rules” he broke more easily. He let his colors drift outside the contours, allowing halos around his forms. He let perspective go too, allowing the figures to blend into flat space.
In 1936 and 1937, Kirchner experienced health problems again. He began taking Eukodal as prescribed by his doctors. Eukodal was a drug similar to combining today’s oxycodone with cocaine. His doctors had been giving him opiates for years but Eukodal had an extra kick to it. Hitler also took Eukodal.
By 1937, the Degenerate Art Exhibition took place in Germany. 639 works by Kirchner were taken out of museums and 25 were displayed in this terrible exhibition. Then The Academy of Arts in Berlin expelled Kirchner as a member. This was based solely on the Nazis deeming his paintings were “degenerate”. Some believe the Nazis used this as an excuse to seize the art work and then sell it for the proceeds to fund their war machine.