© Nachlass Erich Heckel, D-78343 Hemmenhofen
Landscape in Holstein
Oil on canvas
Inv. No. SG 1128
82 × 96 cm
OI think that – probably in my work as well – there are more wind, blown bushes, bowed trees, and cloudy sky here than serenity and fine summer weather, and that suits my searching and restless longing better.” The artist produced this spacious but also – with its strongly outlined landscape – oppressive painting in 1913, the same year that the artists’ group “Die Brücke” broke up amid internal conflict. Thus, it expresses his distress at that failure but no doubt also his fear of the impending war. The painting was seized as “degenerate” in 1937 but recovered after World War II.