• Kaninenberghöhe 8
  • 45136 Essen
  • Opening hours: Tue-Fri 11am - 6pm, and by appointment
  • Tel: +49(0)201/266990
  • Mobile: +49(0)172/9308878
  • Email: info@gallery-neher.com
Herbst im Lahntal (Autumn in Lahntal)
mehr Bilder

Erich Heckel

"Herbst im Lahntal (Autumn in Lahntal)", 1933

Watercolour on paper

19.02 x 24.8 in / framed 33.46 x 38.19 in

Signed, dated, titled

- with handmade craftsman's frame and UV absorbing,
non-reflective glass -

N8943


Über das Werk

From an elevated vantage point, affording a bird's eye view as it were, our gaze sweeps over the enchantingly bucolic topography of the Lahntal. Thick plumes of smoke rise up from a harvest bonfire in the centre of the picture, partly obscuring the fields behind it. Drawing our eye to the right of the picture is Lubentius Basilika in Dietkirchen - today district of Limburg, which, together with the bonfire, marks an optical point of orientation in an otherwise multifaceted, formally varied and colourful landscape. Erich Heckel completed the water-colour "Autumn in Lahntal" in late 1933 whilst travelling through the regions of the Palatinate, the Saar and the Lahn. In exemplary manner, the painting demonstrates the customary total perspective Heckel used to fashion a panoramic extension of the pictorial space, which characterised his landscape and town pictures in the late 1920s and early 1930s, and which depicts all the essential elements of a pastoral scene in relation to the totality of the region. Fields and meadows, hedges and trees, rounded mountain crests and sloping forests combine to conjure a densely configured, organic and decorative entity of its own, which as a graphic structure shapes the tectonics of the dynamic compositional order. Heckel's keen interest in the richness of forms and colours in the observed scenery also becomes obvious. His powerful, yet equally subtle pictorial language is focused on the structural features of the landscape, and the composition resonates to a clear-defined rhythmic pattern. This impression is intensified by the two-dimensional simplification and stylisation of the pastoral scenery into individual, boldly-outlined fields of colour, which divide the entire image into a criss-crossing pattern of sweeping curves and arches. Highlighting a further aspect of this pastoral scene are the white palls of smoke: For the transience and changeability of air and smoke contrast starkly with the permanence of the landscape and architecture. And in the interplay with the harvested field, the bonfire enhances the autumnal ambience of the picture.
(Andreas Gabelmann)


Weitere Arbeiten von Erich Heckel

Anfrage stellen

Many thanks for your interest in Heckel, N8943.
Please send an email to info@gallery-neher.com or complete the form below:

Sie erhalten automatisch eine Kopie Ihrer Anfrage an die von Ihnen eingetragene Mailadresse.
∗ Pflichtfeld

Always up to date

Subscribe to our Newsletter and/or all the latest news on your selected artists

Anfragen stellen

Sie erhalten automatisch eine Kopie Ihrer Anfrage an die von Ihnen eingetragene Mailadresse.
∗ Pflichtfeld

Merkliste

Your watchlist is empty.

In the sub-menu "Artists & Works" you can select works for your watchlist and submit obligation-free enquiries. Information on the individual artworks can be also obtained via the Enquiry button.

Seite weiterempfehlen

Recommend this page.
A copy will automatically be sent to your email address.

∗ Pflichtfeld