Erich Heckel. In the Meadow (Auf der Wiese). 1912

Erich Heckel

In the Meadow (Auf der Wiese)


composition: 13 1/8 x 17 1/8" (33.3 x 43.5 cm); sheet: 16 3/4 x 23 5/8" (42.5 x 60 cm)
the artist, Berlin
unknown (approx. 7-10)
Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Fund (by exchange)
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© 2016 Erich Heckel / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / VG Bild-Kunst, Germany
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Brücke artists believed that contact with nature could replenish the spirit and help restore meaning to life. They took frequent excursions to the country with their models to swim, sunbathe, and sketch in the nude. Heckel’s image reflects the group’s desire for spontaneity and freedom from societal mores.

Gallery label from German Expressionism: The Graphic Impulse, March 27–July 11, 2011

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Heinz Berggruen, Paris; to The Museum of Modern Art, New York, 1958

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