Nidden Coastline With Fishing Boats by Max Pechstein

Oil, 1909.

Nidden Coastline With Fishing Boats

Art work details

Original Title :
Küstenszene mit Booten (Am kurischen Haff)
Year of production :
Max Pechstein
Medium :
Oil painting
Oil paint, Canvas
Dimensions :
height: 50 cms; width: 50 cms
Credit Line :
Purchased from the Leger Galleries
Copyright :
© Pechstein Hamburg/Toekendorf / DACS, 2013.
Associated Groups :
Die Brücke
Landscape, Green, Red, Pechstein

Pechstein had been living in Berlin for a year when, in 1909, he was delighted to learn he had sold two of the three paintings he had exhibited at the Berlin Secession. With the money he went on holiday to the remote, unspoiled village of Nidden on the Baltic coast.

This early work shows the colour influence of Matisse and the Fauves, but in a restrained way. Pechstein’s ability to command a powerful emotional response to the world, using powerful colour and distortion would not be fully realised until later. Nevertheless the strong colours and controlled brushwork work combine to give a sense of calm serenity to the scene.

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