Erich Heckel - Landschaft im Nahetal

Erich Heckel - Landschaft im Nahetal - image-1
Erich Heckel - Landschaft im Nahetal - image-1

Erich Heckel

Landschaft im Nahetal

Oil on canvas, mounted on panel 96 x 120 cm Framed. Monogrammed and dated 'EH 30' in blueish black lower right. Signed, dated and inscribed 'Heckel. Berlin W 15 Emser Str. 21 Heckel: Nahetal. 1930' in blue brush to the back of the panel. - The margins minimally rubbed in places.

Erich Heckel was an artist who thoroughly enjoyed travelling. Accordingly, depictions of landscapes were always of key significance in his oeuvre. These journeys repeatedly provided Heckel with occasions to visually capture what he saw in expansive views of landscapes and towns. The Nahe valley landscape depicted here must have captivated Heckel not only as a motif, but also formally and compositionally. Seen from a bird's-eye view, our gaze glides along the charming and - so to speak - lyrically concentrated scenery of the Nahe valley, featuring the romantic town of Bad Münster. Like a pattern made up of fields of colour, we see historical houses and vineyards, surrounded by the impressive rock formations of the Rheingrafenstein and the Rotenfels. At the top, the composition is concluded by a bizarre cloudscape, which clearly displays an abstract tendency. The harmony of the foreground is ruptured in order to provide the scene with a powerful vitality and in order to heighten its expressive form to the level of the dramatic. The very idiosyncratic, seemingly elastic, concave extension of the three-dimensional space lacking any perspectival structure is characteristic of Heckel's approach, a stylistic device from the Expressionist period of his oeuvre. Both the device of foreshortening and the dualism between a cheerful vitality and a dramatic quality define the unique character of this landscape painting.
Heckel's idea was not an illusionistic image, not an imitation of nature, but rather the establishment of a connection between the landscape, the laws inherent within it and the artist's personal sensibility. Through his questioning of reality and fiction, he knew how to express his concept of art in a creative and authentic manner. Pursuing his Expressionist aspirations, Heckel strove to achieve truthfulness and an artistic form of expression charged with inner feelings.

Catalogue Raisonné

Vogt 1930, 7


We would like to thank Hans Geissler and Renate Ebner, Erich Heckel Foundation Hemmenhofen, for kind complementay information.


Galerie Ferdinand Möller, Berlin (with inscription on the reverse of stretcher); Consul General Wilhelm Huth, Hamburg (with inscription on the reverse of stretcher); Private collection, Hamburg


Essen 1931 (Ausstellungshallen Norbertstraße), Deutscher Künstlerbund Ausstellung Essen 1931, cat. no. 141; Berlin 1932 (Galerie Paul Cassirer); Oslo/Bergen/Stavanger/Copenhagen 1932, (travelling exhibition), Neuere deutsche Kunst (cat. without no.); Cologne 1932 (Cologne Trade Fair); Pittsburgh 1939 (Carnegie Institute), International Exhibition of Modern Art, cat. no. 265

Lot 221a D

60.000 € - 80.000 €

66.533 €