Erich Heckel (1883–1970)
Mdchenkopf 1919
drypoint on paper
Private collection
Courtesy of Rex Irwin Art Dealer, Sydney

11 April – 25 May 2008

Artists such as Max Beckmann, Lovis Corinth, Otto Dix, Erich Heckel, Käthe Kollwitz, Emil Nolde, Max Pechstein and Karl Schmidt-Rottluff feature in this exhibition of German Expression­ist prints made between 1898 and 1927. Heckel, Kirchner and Schmidt-Rottluff founded the Dresden-based group Die Brücke in 1905, with Pechstein and Nolde joining in 1906.

Railing against the academy and the bourgeoisie, their work favoured raw emotive images that connected with nature and more elemental techniques, particularly the woodcut. In 1911 the group moved to Berlin, where urban themes and the influence of Cubism and Futurism entered their work. This exhibition of over 30 works includes woodcuts, etchings and lithographs.