Landscape in Holstein, Erich Heckel
Erich Heckel
Landscape in Holstein
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Erich Heckel

Landscape in Holstein, 1913

82.2 x 95.5 cm
Physical Description
Oil on canvas
Inventory Number
SG 1128
Acquired in 1926. Confiscated in 1937. Reacquired in 1951
On display, 1st upper level, Modern Art, room 11


About the Work

As though in the wake of a storm, the sky is dramatically lit and streaked with shreds of clouds. Beneath it lies a landscape interspersed with hedges leading up to a tree-topped hill. Heckel intensified the painting’s dynamic effect with sweeping brushstrokes. For him, landscapes were a mirror to the world. The painter belonged to the Brücke group of Expressionist artists until its dissolution in 1913. He spent the summer months of that year on the Flensburg Fjord, where this work was executed.

Work Data

Basic Information

Landscape in Holstein
Period Produced
Object Type
Physical Description
Oil on canvas
Work Catalogues
  • Hüneke 2017, Nr. 1913-66

Property and Acquisition

Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Picture Copyright
© VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2022
Acquired in 1926. Confiscated in 1937. Reacquired in 1951

Work Content

Motifs and References

Main Motif
Associated Persons and Institutions


  • 25H114 low hill country
  • 61D(SCHLESWIG-HOLSTEIN) geographical names of countries, regions, mountains, rivers, etc. (SCHLESWIG-HOLSTEIN) (SCHLESWIG-HOLSTEIN)

Research and Discussion


Object History
... Pauline Kowarzik (1852-1929), Frankfurt am Main
Verkauf an die Städtische Galerie, Frankfurt am Main, 1926
beschlagnahmt als „entartete Kunst“ durch das Reichsministerium für Volksaufklärung und Propaganda, August 1937
in Kommission an Bernhard Böhmer, Güstrow
Rückgabe an das RMVP
Tausch mit Hildebrandt Gurlitt, Hamburg
Verst. Stuttgarter Kunstkabinett Roman Norbert Ketterer (Nr. 1823) an H. H. Kliehm, München, 1951
Verkauf an die Städtische Galerie, Frankfurt am Main, 1951.


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