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Schneetreiben (driving Snow) by Erich Heckel

Schneetreiben (driving Snow) by Erich Heckel

Simon Theobald Ltd



Edition Size: 40

Image Size: 43.2 x 28.9 cm

Sheet Size: 61 x 51.2 cm

Reference: Dube H 278


Condition: Excellent

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Probably a scene in the Erzgebirge, south of Chemnitz and Dresden where Heckel spent time towards the end of 1914, before he left to serve in the medical unit in the army in Belgium in the war.  Whilst there is no direct comparison in Heckel’s painted oeuvre, the oil Erzgebirge im Schnee, 1915 (Hüneke 1915-1, The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, USA) shows a similar mountain landscape.  As is common for Heckel with his woodcuts, he converts this to a vertical format  and brings the subject closer to the viewer, intensifying the image and creating a cascade of light and dark down the picture plane. This is amongst the artist’s most striking landscape woodcuts.

There is an example of this woodcut in the Museum of Modern Art, New York

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Erich Heckel

Erich Heckel was the founding member of the group Die Brucke. He was born in 1883 in Germany and between 1897 and 1904 studied architecture in Dresden. He left shortly after the foundation of Die Brucke, where he was the secretary and treasurer. In 1907 he resigned from his architectural position to become a full time artist.

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