Friday, March 8, 2013

German Expressionism: Erich Heckel

Erich Heckel (1883, Döbeln – 1970, Radolfzell) was a German painter and printmaker.


Wiesen und Bäume, 1905


Mittag in der Marsch (Dangast), 1907


Erich Heckel - Ziegelei am Wasser 1913


Yellow Sail, 1913


Path in the Forest (1914)


Gent - 1916


Wolkenschatten, 1918

Landschaft in Schleswig (1930)
Erich Heckel (31 July 1883, Döbeln – 27 January 1970, Radolfzell) was a German painter and printmaker, and a founding member of the Die Brücke group ("The Bridge") which existed 1905-1913.  Heckel and other members of Die Brücke greatly admired the work of Edvard Munch, and aimed to make a "bridge" between traditional neo-romantic German painting and modern expressionist painting. The four founding members made much use of the print as a cheap and quick medium with which to produce affordable art. Primitive art was also an inspiration to the members of the Die Brücke. It was Heckel's brother who introduced the group to African sculpture, and it is noted that their acceptance of primitive art, which was to fortify decisively the expressive yearnings of European artists- Was unequivocal. It is through this style that they found a source of strength in the barbaric figures. 
source: wikipedia