In the 1930s when the atmosphere in the capital became increasingly depressing the artist went on several journeys which brought him around German landscapes as well as to Southern Europe. Thus, he traveled to Rome and Sicily in spring 1936. During that period of the 'inner emigration' the artist was on his own and primarily dedicated himself to face up with the landscape.
The sheet is in good condition, consistent with age. It is discolored and there are scattered marks. The sheet is all-round mounted to a mat. The frame shows signs of age and wear and the corners are in parts slightly open.
Erich Heckel (1883-1970)
Erich Heckel was born in 1883 in Döbeln and studied architecture before he dedicated himself to the fine arts. In 1905 Heckel initiated the ‘Brücke’ in Dresden along with Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Karl Schmidt-Rottluff and Fritz Bleyl (who quit in 1907) – a group of expressionist artists. Later the group was joined by Max Pechstein, Emil Nolde and Otto Mueller. In 1913, the group dissolved and Erich Heckel presented his first solo exhibition at Gallery Fritz Gurlitt. In 1955 he took part in the first documenta in Kassel. Several major retrospectives were organized on the occasion of his 70th and 80th birthday. Heckel has received numerous awards and honors, such as the Great Cross of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany in 1953, and the Order Pour le Mérite for Science and the Arts in 1967. (msc)