Fabrik, Erich Heckel
Erich Heckel
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Erich Heckel

Fabrik, 1908

441 x 575 mm
283 x 355 mm
Physical Description
Woodcut in black on Japanese paper
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67997 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

Like the other founding members of the Brücke, Heckel was drawn to the woodcut technique because of the potential it offered for exploring and experimenting with the natural material wood. Shallowly cut U-shaped furrows in the wooden block lend structure to the otherwise white surfaces of the sky, buildings, and ground. As visible traces of the process of working the hard wood, they testify to the resistance the artist had to overcome when cutting them.

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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