Liegender Akt am Strand. 1911. Watercolor. Lower right signed and dated. On light brownish board. 37 x 52 cm (14.5 x 20.4 in), the full sheet. [CH].
• From the sought-after "Brücke" days (1905-1912) • Made between June and September 1911 during Pechstein‘s second stay at Nida, his beloved paradisiac fishing village on the Courland Spit • Document of Pechstein‘s intensive artistic examination of the unity of man and nature • Pechstein also captured the motif of bathers and sunbathers on the beach in paintings, as Erich Heckel, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Karl Schmidt-Rottluff and Otto Mueller did, too. The outdoor nude became one of the main motifs of the artist group.
We are grateful to Alexander Pechstein for his kind assistance in cataloging this lot.
PROVENANCE: Collection Julian and Leila Sobin, Boston (until 1998). Private collection Rhineland.
LITERATURE: Sotheby's, London, 8750th auction, German & Austrian Art from the Julian and Leila Sobin Family Collection, December 8, 1998, lot no. 265 (with color illu.). "This summer of 1911 was inebriating from its very first to its very last days. I spent many hours working so happily it sent a shiver down my spine." Hermann Max Pechstein.