FINE ART INVESTMENTS SINCE 1978
Title: "Weib Vom Manne Begehrt"
(Woman Desired by Man)
Medium: Original Woodcut
Limited Edition: 300
Image Size: 10" X 6"
Pechstein was born in Zwickau, the son of a craftsman who worked in a textile mill. Early contact with the art of
Vincent van Gogh stimulated Pechstein's development toward expressionism. After studying art first at the
School of Applied Arts and then at the Royal Art Academy in Dresden, Pechstein met Erich Heckel and joined the
art group Die Bru¨cke in 1906. He was the only member to have formal art training. Later in Berlin, he helped to
found the Neue Sezession and gained recognition for his decorative and colorful paintings that were lent from the
ideas of Van Gogh, Matisse, and the Fauves. His paintings eventually became more primitivist, incorporating
thick black lines and angular figures.
From in 1933, Pechstein was vilified by the Nazis because of his art. A total of 326 of his paintings were removed
from German museums. Sixteen of his works were displayed in the Entartete Kunst (Degenerate Art) exhibition
of 1937. During this time, Pechstein went into seclusion in rural Pomerania. He was a prolific printmaker,
producing 421 lithographs, 315 woodcuts and linocuts, and 165 intaglio prints, mostly etchings. Pechstein was a
professor at the Berlin Academy for ten years before his dismissal by the Nazis in 1933. He was reinstated in 1945,
and subsequently won numerous titles and awards for his work. He died in West Berlin. He is buried on the
Evangelischer Friedhof Alt-Schmargendorf in Berlin.