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German Expressionist Prints: Erich Heckel (German, 1883-1970), later works

Heckel 1 / Heckel 2 / Heckel 3
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"Käthe Kollwitz and German Expressionism" featured over fifty works by Käthe Kollwitz plus additional works by Ernst Barlach, Rudolf Bauer, Max Beckmann, Peter Behrens, Heinrich Campendonck, Marc Chagall, Lovis Corinth, Otto Dix, Lyonel Feininger,
Conrad Felixmuller, Hans Fronius, Alfons Graber, Otto Greiner, Georg Grosz, Erich Heckel, Hannah Hoch, Karl Hofer,
Wassily Kandinsky, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Paul Klee, Oskar Kokoschka, Ludwig Meidner, Edvard Munch,
Gabrielle Munter, Heinrich Nauen, Emile Nolde, Max Pechstein, Hilla von Rebay, Georges Rouault, Rudolf Schlichter,
Karl Schmidt-Rottluff, Siegfried Schott, Georg Tappert, Wilhelm Wagner, and others.

German Expressionist Drawings

The Russians: Chagall, Sonia Delaunay, Goncharova, Larionov, and Malevich
One of the founders of Die Brücke. (the Bridge) in 1905 along with Ernst Ludwig Kirchner and Karl Schmidt-Rottluff, Heckel was intensely interested in printmaking. The artists of the group frequently circulated exhibitions of prints in woodcut, etching, and lithograph; their hope was to strike a prophetic chord and awaken their compatriots to a new, free, passionate age. Joined by Max Pechstein, Otto Müller, and Emil Nolde, the artists of the group exhibited their works in over twenty shows. Their work, all of which was condemned by the Nazis as "Degenerate," is intense, angular, and nervous.
Erich Heckel (German, 1883-1970), Am Strand / At the shore. Original woodcut, 1923. 300 signed impressions published in the deluxe portfolio, Mappe der Gegenwart / Portfolio of the Art of Today, printed and published by Marées-Gescellschaft in Munich in 1923. This portfolio brought together new works by the most important printmakers of German Expressionism. With the drystamp of Marées-Gescellschaft beneath the signature. There is a small discoloration in the lower right corner. Image size: 406x264mm (16x10-3/8 inches) with large margins. Price: SOLD.
Tanzende Matrosen / Dancing Sailers (Dube 350 b; Davis-Riffkind 1056: 5). Original color woodcut, 1930. Edition: 10 signed and impressions plus an edition of unknown size published in 1931 in Graphik der Gegenwart: Band I: Erich Heckel (Berlin: Euphorium Verlag, 1931). One of five woodcuts created especially for this book, this one is the most playful one of the group. The work is mounted on a sheet of archival paper for support. Old centerfold expertly repaired. Image size: 238x312mm. Price: $2500.
Printer (Dube 348 b; Davis-Riffkind 1056: 1). Original woodcut, 1930. Our impression is from the dust wrapper for Graphik der Gegenwart: Band I: Erich Heckel (Berlin: Euphorium Verlag, 1931). It was published in an edition of unknown size. One of five woodcuts created especially for this book, this depicts a printer printing woodcuts at a small press. The work is mounted on a sheet of archival paper for support. This was originally printed on the rear of the dust jacket of this early study of Heckel as a printmaker. Image size: 198x72mm. Price: $1500.
Vorm Zelt / Leader's Tent (Dube 364). Original woodcut, 1933. An enigmatic work depicting a classically-robed youth (probablyDavid) with his harp outside the tent of the leader (possibly King Saul) with a man holding a spear. In the background upper right, a large animal, possibly a reminder of the lion that David tells Saul he slew while defending his sheep (see 1 Samuel 17:20-30). Signed "Heckel" and dated 1933 lower right. Image size: 158x103mm. Price: $2750.
Grosse Wolke / Great Cloud (Dube 399ii). Original woodcut, 1951. A beautiful rich impression on very soft japon paper dated 1972 and signed by Heckel's widow, "Für Erich Heckel / Siddi Heckel 1976." Stamped verso: "Abdruck von der original platte [printed from the original block]" Dube lists two states but does not list an edition; this sems to be a proof posthumously pulled by his estate. A rich, crisp, clean impression with deep blacks and wide margins. The woodcut shows a picture of the island of Sylt and relates to the painting The Great Cloud (Vogt 1951 / 1). An impression signed by Erich Heckel and dated 1951 is in the Mountain City Museum (in Flensburg, Schleswig-Holstein). Very rare! Image size: 447x352mm. Price: $3250.
Schlafende frau / Sleeping woman (Dube 352). Original lithograph, 1952. Edition: 282 signed, dated and titled impressions from the only edition. Ours is a rich, crisp, clean impression with deep blacks. Image size: 367x262mm. Price: $3750.
Badende Kinder / Young Children Swimming (Dube 354 III). Original lithograph, 1952. Edition: 344 impressions for the Grifflekunst-Vereinugung signed and dated in pencil. A very good, clean impression with rich blacks and wide margins. Image size: 375x262mm. Price: $3750.
Winter in Angeln (Dube 361). Original lithograph, 1954. Edition: 327 signed and dated impressions from the only edition. Ours is a rich impression with deep blacks. Image size: 267x374mm. Price: $3250.
"Sitzende Frau am Strand / Seated nude by the shore" (Dube Dube 423 III). Original woodcut, 1957. Edition: 90 signed and numbered imressions. Ours is pencil-signed and titled by the artist. One of the most powerful of Heckel's later woodcuts. A very good, clean impression with dark constrasts. Image size: 402x296mm. Price: $4250.
Badende Madchen / Young Women Swimming (Dube 367 III A1). Original color woodcut, 1959. Edition: 50 signed and numbered impressions. A very good, clean impression with rich tone. Image size: 427x321mm. Price: SOLD.
Stilleben mit Zolzfigur / Still life with figures (Dube 432). Original woodcut, 1960. 800 impressions published in the catalog for an exhibition at Haus am Lützowplaz, Berlin (1960, 500 impressions for an exhibition at the Otto Lutz Gallerie in Stuttgart in 1962, and 100 signed impressions (of which 12 were colored). Signed in the block bottom center. Our impression is signed by Heckel and dated 1960. There is a horizontal fold going through the middle of the sheet. Image size: 154x121mm. Price: $2500.
Knabenbildnis (Dube 457). Original woodcut, 1967. Edition: 226 pencil-signed and dated impressions. A very good, clean impression. Image size: 447x312mm. Price: $3150.
38. Jahresblatt II: Kopf / Yearbook II: Head (Dube 397). Original lithograph, 1968. There is another impression of this work, signed as ours is, in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art (accession n. 1984.1031.30). The work depicts a man in front of a seashore with a small sailboat in the background. Although dated 1969 in the stone, it is signed "Heckel 68." Our lithograph portrays a head very similar to a 1953 self-portrait (Dube 405). Image size: 190x141mm. Price: $3750.

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