Stürmische See Abends. 1953. Oil on cardboard. Soika 1953/2. Bottom center monogrammed (in ligature) and dated. Verso signed (in ligature), dated and titled as well as with a label inscribed with the artist's name, date, title and the inscription "Berlin-Charlottenburg / Hochschule f. bild. Künste / Hardenbergstr.". 70 x 84 cm (27.5 x 33 in).
• The sea and maritime subjects are inseparably connected with Pechstein's oeuvre and characterize his entire expressionistic creation. • The artist devotes himself to the ectasy of colors in close vision. • The artist created this turbulent seascape in strong colors during a summer holiday on the North Sea island of Amrum. • Dynamic work from the artist's late creative period. • One of just five seascapes offereed on the international auction market over the past 20 years (source: artprice).
PROVENANCE: From the artist's estate. Collection of consul Starck, Berlin (1970s). Private collection Berlin. Private collection Southern Germany (acquired from aforementioned in 2000, Villa Grisebach Auctions, May 26, 2000, lot no. 33).
EXHIBITION: Mensch und Ding im Bild, Neues Museum, Wiesbaden, Nassauischer Kunstverein, Wiesbaden, March 28 - June 20, 1954, cat. no. 89.
LITERATURE: Villa Grisebach Auctions, Berlin, 79th auction, Select Works, May 26, 2000, lot no. 33, with full-page illu. "Dune landscapes, the sea and fishing villages [..] are a leitmotif in Pechstein's oeuvre. " From: Der letzte Pechstein. Die Kunsthalle zu Kiel erwirbt Max Pechsteins Gemälde "Am Strand" - das letzte Werk des Expressionisten aus dem Jahr 1954, quote from: www.kulturstiftung.de/der-letzte-pechstein-fuer-kiel/