Im Gespräch. 1912. Watercolor over charcoal,. Signed and dated in bottom center. Verso titled. On creme laid paper. 24 x 31.7 cm (9.4 x 12.4 in), the full sheet. [JS].
• From the best creative period of the important expressionist and "Brücke" artist. • Rare intimate depiction of the humble domestic circumstances of the artist and his friend Sidi Riha in their Berlin attic apartment. • In those days Sidi was often depicted as weak and ill in a reclined position, just as it is the case in the famous triptych "Genesende" at the Harvard Art Museum / Busch-Reisinger-Museum, Cambridge.
The work is registered in the archive of the Erich Heckel Estate, Hemmenhofen on Lake Constance.
PROVENANCE: From the artist's estate.
EXHIBITION: Erich Heckel, Kunstverein Kontanz/Bad Saulgau, cat. no. 21. Erich Heckel, Städtische Galerie Würzburg, Würzburg 1983, cat. no. 25 (with illu.). Erich Heckel, Kunstverein Braunschweig, Brunswick, 1985, p. 23 (with illu.). Erich Heckel, Kunstverein Reutlingen/Wiesbaden, 1988, cat. no. 17, (illu. on plate 16). Erich Heckel, Museum Stade, Stade 1996. Frauen in Kunst und Leben der Brücke, Landesmuseum Schleswig, Schleswig 2000, cat. no. 90, p. 171 (with illu.). Lebensraum Atelier, Kunstmuseum Moritzburg, Halle 2015.
"Yesterday we visited Heckel and his friend, the dancer Sidi Riha, when we left we had a feeling as if we had just spent time with two children. Wearing a light blue velvet dress, the small dancer sat in the humble attic chamber, wearing lovely silver braces Heckel had made for her. Maria crashed on a makeshift chair; overall, we both felt like clumsy bears up there." Franz Marc to Wassily Kandinsky, January 18/19, 1912, quote from: Andreas Hünecke, Erich Heckel, vol. I, p. 217.