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The portrait also displays the influence of the primitive art from Dresden’s ethnographic museum, which opened to the public in March 1910. Kirchner himself wrote in retrospect that “in this museum I found the carved beams of the natives of the Palau islands, whose figures showed exactly the same formal language as mine.” Also closely linked to tribal art is the decoration of Kirchner’s studio, which provides the background to the portrait. The mural, painted by the artist and featuring highly schematised female nudes against a deep green background, is often found in works of his. It can also be glimpsed in a photograph Kirchner took of Fränzi and a boy in his Dresden studio, in which the girl is sprawled on some cushions strewn over the floor and has a fairly provocative gaze.

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