Man on a Plain by Erich Heckel

Woodcut, 1917.

Man on a Plain

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Original Title :
Mann in der Ebene (Selbstbildnis)
Year of production :
Erich Heckel
Medium :
Original print, Woodcut
Ink, Paper
Dimensions :
height: 38 cms; width: 27 cms
Credit Line :
Purchased from Mrs Margaret Fisher with MGC/V&A Purchase Grant Fund assistance
Copyright :
© DACS 2013
Catalogue References:
Dube (H)305 II B.
Associated Groups :
Die Brücke, Berliner Secession
World War I, Portrait, Woodcut, Self Portrait, Heckel

The taut, attenuated forms of this self-portrait and the pulsating lines coming from the sky reflect the oppressiveness and strain of the war years. The composition has been compared to Munch’s lithograph of The Scream of 1895 where the reverberating parallel lines reflect the anguish of the figure.

Erich Heckel was the treasurer and secretary of Die Brücke and rented the group’s first communal studio in Dresden. He was primarily responsible for holding the group together when differences of opinion between Kirchner and Schmidt-Rottluff threatened its unity. In the summer months he often worked with them separately.

V & A Purchase Grant Fund

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