Artist: Peter August Böckstiegel 1889-1951

    Auszug der Junglinge in den Krieg, Studie ( Departure of the Youngsters for War, Study ), 1914






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    Artist: Peter August Böckstiegel 1889-1951

    Die Mutter ( The Mother ) c. 1915 




    Peter August Böckstiegel

    Born is Westphalia in 1889, Böckstiegel moved to Dresden in 1913 to pursue his studies at the academy.

    Back from the war in 1919 he became a founding member of the Dresdner Sezession Gruppe 1919.

    His work shows him to have been a painter whose temperament kept him close to Nature Basing his work on the central experience of his encounter with Van Gogh, he used a heavy impasto and sweeping brush strokes to evoke the lush landscape and the looming figures of the people of Westphalia.

    Whatever he touched - painting - printmaking or terra-cotta sculpture - bears witness to the elemental vitality of his creative impulses.

    In his woodcuts he deployed a simple, powerful line.

    Böckstiegel divided his working time between Westphalia and Dresden.

    He remained close to the agricultural landscape all is life, and he was not enough of a townsman to succumb, during the one year he spent as a member of the Secession, to the intellectual communism of his brother-in-law 

    Felixmuller and his painter friends.

    Even so in 1921 he designed a poster for IAH ( Internationale Arbeiterhilfe , International Workers' Aid ), a body promoting solidarity with the cause of labour.

    Only one work from 1919, done after Böckstiegel joined the Secession, is still known to us: a figure group titled Singende Kinder am Meer ( Children Singing   by the Sea), largely executed in the Secession style, with a background dominated by the moon and stars.

    A second painting, Offenbarung ( Revelation), is known only by its tittle.

    Also lost are woodcuts with the highly characteristic period tittles do Die Wanderer des Lebens ( The Wanderers of Life), and Klage deer Frauen ( The Women's Lament), his major graphic statements belong to the ensuing Years.





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    Hermann Max Pechstein, Selfbildnis mit Tod 1920-21

    German Expressionism 1915-1925

    The second generation.


    Hermann Max Pechstein began his artistic career as an apprentice to a decorative painter from Zwickau. In 1903, he enrolled in the Dresden Academy. In 1906, he graduated with top honors and a scholarship to study in Italy. On his return, he visited Paris where he befriended Kees Van Dongen. In 1906, he joined Die Brucke. In 1910, he moved permanently to Berlin where he was elected President of the Neue Secession. He exhibited at the Berlin Secession in 1912 and was therefore expelled from Die Brucke having violated their policy of only exhibiting together. In 1914, he traveled to the Palau Islands in the South Seas. While attempting to return to Germany, he was interred in Japan, the United States and Holland. Upon his return, he was drafted into military service and sent to the Somme front but was released in early 1917 after suffering a nervous collapse.


    Pechstein produced 850 prints composed of 390 lithographs, 290 woodcuts and 170 etchings. In the early years, Pechstein only printed in very small editions. His often irregular rolling technique resulted in printing differences. He liked to experiment with colored papers and different inks. A print from several blocks (one for each color) was too laborious for his impatient nature so he applied the different colors to the same block.

    Etchings represent the smallest number of prints in his entire oeuvre. He especially liked to combine drypoint and aquatint techniques. As an exceptional draughtsman, he liked the immediacy of lithography.


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  • Leda, 1919

    Otto Dix

    In his foreword to the 1919 exhibition catalogue devoted to the group's prints Grohmann introduced Dix this way " Otto Dix appeared at Easter with brutal force, and all sorts of expectations were aroused. At the moment he is laughing heartily at himself, at art, and at us.
    Let us leave him to it; something will surely occur to him."

    Five paintings of 1919 serve to define Dix's Expressionist period.
    Their titles Leda, schwangeres Weib ( Pregnant Women), Mondweib ( Moon Women), Auferstehung des Fleisches ( Resurrection of the Flesh), and Prometheus, a self portrait. The first four convey erotic messages of enormous vehemence with " something cosmic about them. " They were reproduced in Menschen.
    Grohmann said, " the ultimate distillation of his memories, not analyses,
    the delirium of life, the dancing bewitchment of color. You can turn his paintings upside down; they still work. That is how pure a representation of emotion his art is.
    " Zehder takes up the description: " He swings the brush like an ax, and every stroke is a yell of color. The world to him is Chaos in the throes of giving birth."

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