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

Erich Heckel In the Meadow (Auf der Wiese) 1912

  • MoMA, Floor 5, 504 The Alfred H. Barr, Jr. Galleries

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.
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)
Erich Heckel, Berlin
unknown (approx. 7-10)
Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Fund (by exchange)
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© 2021 Erich Heckel / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / VG Bild-Kunst, Germany
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