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The Dance (recto)

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The Dance (recto)

Max Pechstein, (1881–1955)

Creation date: 1910

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Medium and Support: India ink and wash on paper
Credit Line: Gift from the Estate of Vance E. Kondon and Liesbeth Giesberger.
Accession Number: 2011.125.a
Dimensions: 20 in. x 16 1/4 in. (50.8 cm x 41.28 cm)

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Pechstein produced numerous images of dance in the years before World War I. Some showed European cabaret performers, while others, reflecting Pechstein’s extreme interest in non-Western culture, were based on dances by African performers that Pechstein saw in ethnographic displays held in Dresden and Berlin. In all of these images, his key aim was to capture the abandon of figures who have given themselves over to the power of the music, in deliberate contrast with the carefully controlled habits of the “respectable” modern Germans. Moreover, while figure painting and drawing were a central part of Die Brücke, figures were not studied in traditional academic poses; instead, early Expressionist drawings were more interested in studying the human being engaged in natural movements. This drawing is a study for a lost painting also made in 1910.
Last Updated: 7/26/2012


This object was included in the following exhibitions:

Early 20th Century German Art from the Vance E. Kondon Collection , 1/28/1984 - 3/11/1984

The Human Beast San Diego Museum of Art , 7/21/2012 - 11/11/2012


This object has the following bibliographic references:

Mr. Steven L. Brezzo and Ida Katherine Rigby. Early 20th Century German Art from the Vance E. Kondon Collection San Diego Museum of Art.
Page Number: 12


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