The Artist: Max Pechstein
Expressionism is a revolutionary art form developed in the early 20th century where artists wanted to release the deeper emotions which they felt lay beneath the surface of everyday life. Paul Wyatt was commissioned to produce 12 films for a major exhibition entitled Expressionism: The Total Artwork. This extraordinary collection of expressionist works are held at Leicester’s New Walk Museum and Art Gallery.
Pechstein joined the Brücke group of painters in 1906. With Heckel he was one of many artists who received hospitality in the Hess house. For the Brücke artists printmaking was a major means of expression. In this film his woodcut of Alfred Hess, (1879-1931) in characteristic pose with his pipe is discussed.