Erich Heckel. Fränzi Reclining (Fränzi liegend). 1910. Woodcut. Composition: 8 15/16 × 16 9/16″ (22.6 × 42.1 cm). Publisher: unknown. Printer: probably the artist, Dresden. Edition: unknown. The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Otto Gerson. © 2001 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn

This site is the Museum’s first exhibition created exclusively for the web and showcases its unparalleled collection of German Expressionist prints and illustrated books. The Brücke group, formed in 1905 in Dresden by four revolutionary architectural students including Ernst Ludwig Kirchner and Erich Heckel, strove to achieve a new synthesis between art and life, bringing meaning back to what they considered the superficial bourgeois existence of German life under Kaiser Wilhelm II. They organized exhibitions and publicized their own work by issuing annual portfolios of prints. Printmaking, and the woodcut in particular, became one of their most important modes of expression. This site presents over 110 prints arranged into thematic groupings to highlight the issues and motifs central to this seminal movement in the history of modern prints. Flash plug-in required.

Organized by Wendy Weitman, Curator, Department of Prints and Illustrated Books.

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