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Lake near Moritzburg

HECKEL, Erich (1883 - 1970)

[image: Lake near Moritzburg]

Date: 1909

Media: oil on canvas

Size: 60.2 x 70.5 cm

Acquired: 1973; Purchase

Accession Number: NMW A 2053

Born in Döbeln in Saxony, Heckel trained as an architect in Dresden. In 1905 he was a co-founder of Die Brücke (The Bridge), the first Expressionist group. The following year he turned entirely to painting. This scene with a house at the edge of a lake dates from the summer of 1909 when Heckel was painting with his friend Ernst Ludwig Kirchner in the lakeland around the Saxon royal hunting lodge of Moritzburg, north of Dresden. Its strident colours are typical of German Expressionism.

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