During these inter-war years Pechstein revived the brilliant colors of his pre-war style which he applied in thick brushstrokes. The luscious coloration of saturated yellows, reds and greens and the application of black contours seem to draw inspiration from French Fauve painting as well as the works of Paul Cézanne and Vincent van Gogh. Heavily painted with bold sweeps of thick color Stilleben vor einem Spiegel is in line with the artist’s formal explorations at the time, demonstrating his determination to break through the traditional boundaries of painterly representation. Pechstein responds faithfully to Expressionist ideas aimed toward a distortion of form and perspective and a stridency of color and vision; the bold and simplified forms and distinctive black outlines brilliantly exemplify the artist's continuous experimentation with the painterly language of Expressionism. In the present work Pechstein creates a panorama of form and strong color that in its density conveys a powerful sense of the solidity and materiality of the still life. The powerful composition with its picture plane tilted up towards the viewer provides a feeling of being fully immersed within the composition.
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