In 1905 a group of artists was brought together by Ernst Kirchner. They rejected the academic traditions. The style of
the Fauves , The Fauvism, had a strong influence on the members of Die Brücke.
The artists of Die Brücke were inspired by the vivid elementary colors, the solid contours and the simplified forms. The content of the work is more important for them than the composition or other artistic principals.
Besides from theme's like fear and loneliness, these artists got inspired by primitive cultures.