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
Not on display


About the Work

In the year of the dissolution of the art group Brücke, Heckel created this impressive landscape of the Flensburg Fjord. In sweeping strokes, he captured the lush green of the fields, bushes and trees under a turbulent sky. The painting proves his desire to convey moods and feelings through forms and motifs. The angular shapes and systematic brushwork herald another development in Heckel’s oeuvre: they are reminiscent of crystalline structures that the artist later used to exaggerate reality.

About the Acquisition

Pauline Kowarzik (née Fellner; 1852–1930) grew up in Frankfurt and received private painting and drawing lessons at a young age. In 1896, she married the Viennese sculptor and medallist Josef Kowarzik (1860–1911), who taught sculpture at the Städelschule. Together, they were very active participants of Frankfurt’s art life and closely associated with the Städel Art Institute. Due to her notable knowledge of modern art, Pauline Kowarzik was the first woman to be appointed as a member with advisory capacity in the acquisition committee of the Städtische Galerie in 1916. Kowarzik herself owned a significant collection with modern art works. When the inflation in 1926 got her into financial trouble, Pauline Kowarzik sold her private collection to the Städel for a monthly life annuity. In 1937, 18 of the 34 works were removed from the museum as part of the “Degenerate Art” confiscation operation. Nowadays, they are either lost or in other museums all over Europe. Heckel’s "Landscape in Holstein" was the only one of these works that the Städel was able to buy back.

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 2024
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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