Wald in den Pyrenäen. 1931. Oil on canvas. Soika 1931/3. Signed and dated in lower right. Verso signed, titled and with several inscriptions. 80 x 100 cm (31.4 x 39.3 in).
• Pechstein's forest is untouched, full of life and luminosity and has an almost lyrical character. • The painting shows the return to originality, which Pechstein already advocated in his South Seas pictures. • Part of a group of works (1931-1938) based on Pechstein's stay in southern France, particularly in the Pyrenees and the town of Hendaye. • The painting was on loan at the Städtische Museen, Zwickau.
PROVENANCE: From the artist's estate. Private collection Germany (since 1985).
EXHIBITION: Max Pechstein, Magistrat der Stadt Berlin, Abteilung für Volksbildung, Staatsoper/Admiralpalast, February to March 1946; Wedding district office, March 20 - April 24, 1946, no. 7. Max Pechstein auf Reisen - Utopie und Wirklichkeit, Kunsthaus Stade, September 16, 2012 - January 20, 2013 I Kunstsammlung Zwickau, February 9 - May 12, 2013 I Museum im Kulturspeicher, Würzburg, June 1 - September 1, 2013, ex. cat., with color illu. on p. 104. Permanent loan Max Pechstein, Kunstsammlungen Zwickau - Max Pechstein Museum, Städtische Museen Zwickau, permanent loan, June 2011 to fall 2020.
"In spring of 1931 a dream came true and I went to Southern France to paint. At first in the 'Pyrenées Basques', than I went over Marseille to the 'Pyrenées-Orientales', to a small fishing village named 'Collioure', where I would find a superb place to work." Quote from: Max Pechstein, Erinnerungen, Stuttgart 1993, p. 122.