This artwork was property of the artist until his dead in 1970. It was bought for a private collection from the estate in an exhibition of the gallery Günther Franke, Munich, in 1973 . Since November 1918 Erich Heckel lived and worked again in Berlin and since 1919 during summer season in Osterholz, Flensburger Förde. After a short commitment in the political artists' associations "Arbeitsrat für Kunst" and "Novembergruppe", he turned towards the circle of Stefan George in Berlin. From 1921 until Worldwar II, Heckel did long journeys to the Alps and through France. Nature, but also the landscape of the city became a main theme and means of expression in his artworks. In spring time in 1922 he stayed in Salzkammergut. In the background of this painting you can see the main massif of the Alps in Berchtesgaden, which is 2.713m high. After a short comeback of expressive forms and colours in the work of Heckel, he came to stilly forms in his „Travel pictures“ after World War II. His forms start following in main features reality, but still showing spacious colour fields, without any approaches to the precision of New Objectivity. The colour retains it expressive autonomy, like you can see in this painting. Heckel forms his own contribution to the post expressive art.
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