Original limited edition fine art print by Erich Heckel. Titled: Zwei am Meer (Couple by the sea side) Created in 1920
Vintage woodcut on paper signed and dated lower right. One of an edition of 100 signed impressions published in the deluxe edition of Paul Westheim’s Das Holzschnittbuch, Pottsdam, 1921.
Dimension: 24.5 x 19.5 cm – Size image: 17.8 x13.6 cm.
Catalogue résonné: Dube 326, Davis-Riffkind 1052.
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Erich HECKEL (1883 – 1970)
Erich Heckel born July 31, 1883 in Döbeln (Saxony), died January 27, 1970 in Radolfzell (Baden-Württemberg), is a German painter linked to the expressionist movement.
He studied at Chemnitz where, in 1901, he became friends with Karl Schmidt-Rottluff. In 1904, while studying architecture in Dresden, he met Kirchner and the following year on June 7, 1905, became one of the founders of Die Brücke, “the bridge”, along with Fritz Bleyl and Karl Schmidt-Rottluff. He is the secretary and treasurer. He meets Max Pechstein, the latter joins the group as well as Cuno Amiet.
He began by devoting himself to lithography and engraving, techniques which he quickly acquired mastery. The paintings prior to 1910 although influenced by the practice of these techniques, will be very colorful and inspired by the fauve. In 1912 he met Franz Marc and exhibited with the painters of Der Blaue Reiter, his drawing hardened and colder colors were used; he takes part in the exhibition at the Sonderbund in Cologne. On May 27, in 1913, it’s the dissolution of the Die Brücke group. Heckel waged war in Flanders as a volunteer nurse; there he met Max Beckmann and befriended James Ensor.
July 21, 2020
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