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    Sale 7712

    Old Master, Modern & Contemporary Prints

    8 April 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 82

    Erich Heckel (1883-1970)

    Mann in der Ebene (Dube H 305 II)

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    Erich Heckel (1883-1970)
    Mann in der Ebene (Dube H 305 II)
    woodcut, 1917, on wove, signed, dated and titled in pencil, a very good impression from the edition of forty, printed by Voigt, with his signature, published in the portfolio Elf Holzschnitte, 1912-1919 by J. B. Neumann, Berlin, 1921, probably the full sheet, a deckle edge above, some pale light-staining, some very unobtrusive pinpoint foxmarks, a few short tears at the upper sheet edge, otherwise in good condition, framed
    B. 376 x 270 mm., S. 615 x 509 mm.


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    Erich Heckel created this woodcut in 1917 while serving in Flanders as a medical orderly. The lonely figure, clearly a self-portrait, standing in a barren landscape under a sky torn by mortar fire is an emblematic image for the despair and existential angst felt by those who experienced the slaughter and destruction of World War I. This woodcut is also a precursor to one of the most iconic images of German Expressionism, Heckel's colour woodcut Männerbildnis (D. 318) of 1919.

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