Feuerlilien. 1920. Pencil and Watercolor. Signed and dated lower right. Titled lower left of image. On wove paper. 46 x 53.5 cm (18.1 x 21 in), the full sheet. [CB].
The work is registered in the Erich Heckel estate, Hemmenhofen on Lake Constance. We are grateful to Mrs. Renate Ebner and Mr. Hans Geissler for his kind support in cataloging this lot.
PROVENANCE: Paul Kantor Gallery, Los Angeles (with loosely attached label, without date).
As far as their conception is concerned, Erich Heckel's watercolors from the 1920 are characterized by a dense expression that calls reminiscence of paintings originating from these days. Heckel created his image worlds in a sort of expressive Realism, which, in comparison with those from the days before World War I, have a much more moderate statement. The technique gains in importance and the graphic element, which Heckel never entirely abandoned, comes to the fore.