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Max Pechstein

Große Mühlengrabenbrücke (Great Mill Ditch Bridge)

oil on canvas
1922
80,5 x 101 cm / 31 5/8 x 39 3/4 in.
signed and dated lower right

Since 1921, Pechsteins refuge and inspiration, Nidden, belonged to Lithuania. In March 1921 he travelled to the Pommeranian coast of the Baltic sea and decided on the small town of Leba, where he spent all his summers from then on, and where he even lived from 1944 on. There he found the unspoiled nature he was looking for. Pechstein explored the surroundings with great painterly productivity, absorbing the colours of the landscape, transferring them to the canvas. The Bridge over the Mill Canal is almost invisible between the luscious green in the last light of the evening. The water underneath the bridge reflects the bright yellow of the sunset still glowing above the trees. The motif is typical for Pechstein‘s work during his time in Leba, especially in the 1920s: landscape as a natural spectacle, light moods and especially reflections on water. From 1919 on, the application of colour becomes markedly lighter, the brushstroke more loose, the colours are bright, but the compositions more compact. After the atrocities he had experienced in the war, followed by a crisis during which he was hardly able to paint, Pechstein regained his inner tranquillity and found new energy to paint, aided by nature. Provenance available

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