German Expressionists

Expressionism is largely a movement of the German-speaking world and strongly intertwined with the famous artist groups "Die Brücke" and "Der Blaue Reiter".

During the Nazi regime, the artworks of the Expressionists were considered "degenerate art" and were removed from museums and, in many cases, destroyed. However, not all paintings, drawings, lithographs, and woodcuts were destroyed.

Therefore, Kunsthaus ARTES is delighted to offer you works by German Expressionists such as Max Pechstein, Erich Heckel, Otto Mueller, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Conrad Felix-Müller and Karl Schmidt-Rottluff.

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German Expressionists

Erich Heckel (1883-1970) is one of the most important artists of German Expressionism. His engagement with woodcutting had a significant influence on the development of the painting style of the artist group "Brücke", which Heckel founded in 1905 with Ernst Ludwig Kirchner and Karl Schmidt-Rottluff in Dresden. Later they were joined by Max Pechstein, Emil Nolde and Otto Mueller.

The First World War was a major turning point for the Expressionists, as many artists went to war enthusiastically, only to return disillusioned or not at all.