Erich Heckel – His Work in the 1920s

30 October 2004 – 12 February 2005
An Exhibition of the Brücke Museum Berlin



Past Exhibitions

For the first time, Erich Heckel’s work from the 1920s is the focus of an exhibition. Many of the works brought together here by the Brücke Museum are privately owned and thus not accessible to the public. The accompanying opulent catalogue includes many paintings that have never been reproduced in color before.

Pensive nudes bathing in the sea or enjoying the idyllic beauty of the landscape, wrapped in thought, are a recurrent motif in Heckel’s work of the 1920s. The harmonious unity of the nude figure and unspoiled nature motivate these paintings.

The landscapes, too, exude an almost romantic airiness and are bathed in the glow of an extraordinarily delicate light. The soft colors create a lyrical atmosphere, and the dynamic sweep and shifting points of perspective within a single painting attest to the modernity of the artist’s approach.

Heckel’s portraits of the 1920s give the clearest picture of the artist coming to grips with the contemporary artistic trend of New Objectivity. While the human figure as portrayed here is generalized and down-to-earth, in naturalistic hues and with a straightforward language of form, it repudiates the causticity of contemporaries. These pictures reveal instead Heckel’s conciliatory disposition and his striving for a peaceful harmony.

Art of the 1920s in general has become the recent subject of exhibitions, making it all the more essential that the generation of artists who – following the emotional explosion of Expressionist pathos – devoted themselves to the sober art of New Objectivity also be investigated. Among these, Erich Heckel occupies a very personal, individual position in the art of the Weimar Republic. This exhibition offers the first in-depth look at this position.

This large-scale exhibition can only be seen in Berlin.