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Mann in der Ebene (Man on a Plain)
  • Erich Heckel
    born: Döbeln, Germany ; died: Radolfzell, Federal Republic of Germany (present-day Germany)
  • Mann in der Ebene (Man on a Plain), 1917
  • Where object was made: Germany
  • woodcut
  • Image Dimensions Height/Width: 380 x 272 mm
    Image Dimensions Height/Width: 14 15/16 x 10 11/16 in
    Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 675 x 508 mm
    Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 26 9/16 x 20 in
    Mat Dimensions: 32 x 24 in
  • Museum purchase: Letha Churchill Walker Fund
  • Not on display
  • 2007.0023
Label Text
Catalogue raisonné

Exhibition Label:
"Machine in a Void: World War I & the Graphic Arts," Mar-2010, Steve Goddard
Erich Heckel, one of the central figures in the artists' group Brücke (Bridge), served in an ambulance unit during the War. The looming forehead, the raised hands that emphasize the
temples, and the way the carved areas of sky seem to radiate from the figure all help to convey a sense of psychic turmoil. Much of Heckel's wartime service was in Ostend, where
he worked with other German artists including Max Kaus, who is also exhibited here. This impression is from the 1921 printing for the portfolio Elf Holzschnitte, 1912-1919, Erich Heckel (Eleven Woodcuts, 1912-1919, Erich Heckel).