Ausfahrt zum Fischfang. 1951. Watercolor. Lower right signed and dated. Verso titled and inscribed by a hand other than that of the artist, here with estate stamp. On wove paper by Schöllers Parole (with watermark). 50.2 x 66.1 cm (19.7 x 26 in), the full sheet. A preliminary study from 1925 is also offered in our auction (cf. lot 65).
We are grateful to Mr. Alexander Pechstein for his kind experet advice.
PROVENANCE: From artist's estate. Private ownership Brandenburg (acquired from estate in 1980).
Pechstein became acquainted with the life of fishermen in Nida in 1909. From that point on such motifs became an established topos in his oeuvre. In our sheet Hermann Max Pechstein captured people and objects in their characteristic outline and creates a statuary composition of timeless validity. To Pechstein their hard work and life are a metaphor for the struggle for existence and the importance of collectives. Depicting these people in an appropriate and dignified manner was an artistic challenge for Pechstein