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Max Pechstein

Bathers I

woodcut on laid paper, hand coloured
1911/1912
40,2 x 32 cm Darst. / 60,7 x 50,5 cm Blatt / 15 7/8 x 12 5/8
signed and dated '1912' lower right edition of 15 on Japan paper, 8 hand coloured prints on laid paper, and single hand prints, the artist dated the examples printed in 1912 accordingly

Pechstein had been asked by Erich Heckel in 1906 to join the artist group „Brücke“ (Bridge), which had been founded in 1905 by Heckel, Fritz Bleyl, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner and Karl Schmidt-Rottluff. In 1908 Pechstein moved from Dresden to Berlin, where Heckel and Kirchner visited him several times. In Berlin they decided to paint together at the Moritzburg Lakes. It was their goal to depict the harmony of humans and nature. One of their favourite motifs were bathers. Pechstein found that by working together, the artists had made a large step forward. By working together, they also developed ta common style, as they had planned. Die Moritzburg works best document the artistic group identity of Heckel, Kirchner and Pechstein, before they drifted apart artistically. In 1910 Pechstein was co-founder and president of the „New Secession“. Out of solidarity the artists of the Brücke group all became members. In 1911 they left the „New Secession“ and decided to participate in exhibitions only as a group. Because of his participation in an exhibition of the „Berlin Secession“, Pechstein was excluded from the „Brücke“ in 1912, Kirchner called it "a breach of trust". The following year, the „Brücke“ was dissolved. Provenance available

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