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Pechstein, Max

Born: 1881 AD
Died: 1955 AD
Nationality: German
Categories: Painters, Printer

1881 – Born on December 31st in Zwickau, Germany. A painter and printmaker who was a leading member of the group of German Expressionist artists known as Die Brücke. He is best known for his paintings of nudes and landscapes.

1906 – Pechstein joined Die Brücke, he was painting in the style of the Impressionists.

1910 – His association with the members of Die Brücke and exposure to the works of Matisse led Pechstein to use vigorous brushstrokes and jarring combinations of unmixed colours, as in his “Indian and Woman”.

         – Pechstein joined the Neue Sezession (New Secession), an association of artists in Berlin.

1914 – He traveled to Palau in the western Pacific, where he painted exotic subjects in a deliberately primitive manner.

         – Back in Europe, he designed stained glass and mosaics and took a teaching position at the Berlin Academy. He was forced to resign when the Nazis declared his work “decadent” but regained his post after World War II. His late work, however, lost much of the vigour of his earlier styles.

1955 – Died on June 29th in Berlin.