Ball Players, Erich Heckel
Erich Heckel
Ball Players
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Erich Heckel

Ball Players, 1911

295 x 342 mm
193 x 273 mm
Physical Description
Woodcut in black on handmade laid paper
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67998 D
Acquired in 2019 as a bequest from Ulrike Crespo from the Karl Ströher Collection
Can be presented in the study room of the Graphische Sammlung (special opening hours)


About the Work

Between 1909 and 1911, Heckel and the other Brücke artists went on summer outings to the Moritzburg Ponds near Dresden. Inspired by the nudism widely propagated at the time by the life reform movement, the artists experienced their own nakedness in nature as liberating. The nudes Heckel depicted in 'Ball Players' with sparse, angular contours moreover mirror his strong interest in natural, undistorted movement.

About the Acquisition

The Städel Museum has the photographer, psychotherapist, philanthropist, and long-time Frankfurt resident Ulrike Crespo (1950–2019) to thank for more than ninety works ranging from classical modernism to American pop art. The paintings, drawings, and prints by Wassily Kandinsky, Otto Dix, Oskar Schlemmer, Max Ernst, Jean Dubuffet, Cy Twombly, and others originally belonged to the holdings of her grandfather, the Darmstadt-based industrialist Karl Ströher (1890–1977), who amassed an extensive art collection after World War II.

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