Watermark Rampant Lion and pendant initials JWZ, signed and dated in pencil, a very good impression of the fourth, final state, printing with loosely and transparently applied colours, probably from the edition of approximately eighty unnumbered impressions, published by I. B. Neumann, Berlin, with wide margins, the colours fresh and bright, in good condition.
Block 320 x 310 mm., Sheet 393 x 405 mm.
From the Catalogue:
Depictions of animals are rare in Heckel's printed oeuvre and unlike most depictions of landscapes and nature by the Brücke artists, there is a sense of impending drama in this highly concentrated composition. This feeling of unease is further heightened by the uneven shape of the block. This image of figures leading two white horses in a sudden gale is one of the most memorable woodcuts of German Expressionist printmaking and a classic work of the period.
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About Erich Heckel
Painter and printmaker Erich Heckel is considered one of Germany’s most important artists; he was instrumental in launching Die Brücke (The Bridge) movement while studying architecture at the University of Dresden in 1905. His early work shifted in tone as he moved from painting in nature to reacting to the psychological isolation of modern urban life in Berlin. Heckel designed starkly graphic prints of figures—often depicted in states of psychological distress—within simplified compositions, and he was influenced by the literature and philosophy of Nietzsche and Dostoevsky. He continued to work through military service in World War II, and later became active in socialist artists’ organizations, including Novembergruppe and the Arbeitsrat für Kunst. During the Second World War, the Nazis labeled Heckel a “degenerate” artist—his studio was destroyed and 729 works were confiscated from public collections.
German, 1883-1970, Döbeln, Germany