© 2013 Erich Heckel / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / VG Bild-Kunst, Germany
© 2013 Erich Heckel / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / VG Bild-Kunst, Germany
Place made: Germany

Self-portrait, 1917

Woodcut
block: 36.2 × 29.5 cm (14 1/4 × 11 5/8 in.)
sheet: 61 x 48.2 cm. (24 x 19 in.)
Museum purchase, Laura P. Hall Memorial Fund
x1961-40
© 2013 Erich Heckel / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / VG Bild-Kunst, Germany
Heckel was one of the four architecture students and self-taught painters who founded the artists’ collective Die Brücke in Dresden in 1905. Mixing the rhythms of modern life with a keen interest in non-Western tribal arts, the group worked communally to promote an energetic, thoroughly modern style of German painting. Printmaking became central to the group’s activities, which included a modernist revival of sixteenth-century German woodcut technique, coarsely carved and printed by hand.