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Portrait of a Man

1919
(German, 1883–1970)
Image: 46 x 32.6 cm (18 1/8 x 12 13/16 in.); Sheet: 69.9 x 55.7 cm (27 1/2 x 21 15/16 in.)
© Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn
Catalogue raisonné: Dube 318
This artwork is known to be under copyright.
Location: not on view

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In this portrait, made one year after World War I ended, Erich Heckel inscribed his own face with the traumas and uncertainties of the period. The woodcut’s jagged angles and broad surfaces distill his facial features while still maintaining a likeness, resulting in the essence of an emotionally disturbed state. The green face further relays the sitter’s spiritual and physical trauma. Heckel first printed the black areas of the block, and then brushed the three colors onto a different block before printing them.
Portrait of a Man

Portrait of a Man

1919

Erich Heckel

(German, 1883–1970)
Germany, 20th century

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