HECKEL, Erich

German (1883-1970)

Kniende am Stein (Woman Kneeling at a Rock), 1913-14

Dube W 258aB. Woodcut on wove paper, full margins.
Edition of 40. Published in the portfolio Elf Holzschnitte 1912-19, J. B. Neumann, Berlin, 1921.
Signed and numbered 29/40 in pencil. Printer’s signature  lower left ”gdr R. Voigt”.
19 3/4 x 12 1/2 inches; 50.2 x 31.8 cm.
Provenance:
R.E. Lewis, San Francisco
Patricia and William Bates, New Mexico, acquired from above in 1966

This dramatic woodcut was inspired by Heckel’s summer at a Baltic Sea resort near the Danish border, and by the principles of Cubism. He experimented with a prismatic fracture of light and space through triangular planes. Like the German painter Friedrich, it suggests a pantheistic experience in nature.

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