- Max Pechstein
- signed HMPechstein and dated 1924 (lower left); signed HMPechstein, dated 1924, titled, inscribed Berlin-Grunewald, Warmbrunnerstr 20 and Switzerland on the reverse
- oil on canvas
- 80.5 by 101cm., 31 5/8 by 39 3/4 in.
Berlin, Ausstellungshallen am Funkturm, Juryfreie Kunstausstellung, 1953, no. 1033
Berlin, Galerie Gerd Rosen, Max Pechstein, Gemälde aus der Brücke-Zeit und den zwanziger Jahren, 1954, no. 8
Berlin, Charlottenburg Kunstamt & Wolfsburg, Wolfsburg Kunstverein, Max Pechstein, Tuschzeichungen und Aquarelle (und Gemälde) 1923-55, 1960, no. 47
Kiel, Stiftung Pommern, 1997-99 (on loan)
Greifswald, Landesmuseum, 2000-2002 (on loan)
Kiel, Kunsthalle zu Kiel, Die Sammlung, 2007, illustrated in colour in the catalogue
Kiel, Kunsthalle zu Kiel; Regensburg, Kunstforum Ostdeutsche Galerie Regensburg & Ahlen, Kunstmuseum Ahlen, Max Pechstein. Ein Expressionist aus Leidenschaft. Retrospektive, 2010-11, no. 166, illustrated in colour in the catalogue
Kiel, Kunsthalle zu Kiel, 2004-14 (on loan)
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Saas-Almagell is about 80 miles due east of Montreux. Pechstein’s rendering of this scene is indicative of an expressionist approach towards form; something is amiss in the layout of paths, the perspective of the foreground house – both are sacrificed to allow for the intimacy of the scene; an entire valley is distorted and foreshortened to allow us, the viewer, the opportunity to experience it as Pechstein had. Spreading out as the composition develops, we follow lines of primitively painted cows through ever darkening greens, purples, blacks, until we reach his vibrant and magical sky. An exceptionally rare and original subject, Pechstein has managed to distill all the hallmarks of German expressionism into his landscape, and the result is quite mesmerising and overwhelming in its expansiveness.