Watercolour, 25 x 33,5 cm, sign. a. dat. lo. ri. Erich Heckel 15, framed under glass. - We are grateful to Hans Geissler, Hemmenhofen, for kindly confirming the authenticity. - Prov.: Estate of Hilde von Lang, managing director and publisher of the German weekly newspaper "Die Zeit", partner in life of Gerd Bucerius, founder of "Die Zeit" and patron of the arts. - The watercolour was created during Heckel"s service as corpsman in Flanders in World War I. At the transition of two creative periods the sheet shows on the one hand the dynamic tension and the immediatness of expressionism, on the other hand already a more serene composition as well as muted shades and a brightening of colours. - One of the most eminent exponents of expressionism, was besides Kirchner, Schmidt-Rottluf a. Fritz Bleyl among the founders of the ‘Brücke’ in Dresden in 1905, he shared a studio with Kirchner for a extended period, after travelling widely he moved to Berlin in 1911 where he contributed to establish expressionism internationally, during World War I he served as corpsman in Flanders where he met Max Beckmann a. James Ensor, after the war he received numerous private a. public commissions, as early as 1931 he was honoured with a great retrospective, outlawed by the Nazis he retired to Lake Constance, a large number of his works was seized a.destroyed, in 1955 he exhibited at the Documenta I, numerous other exhibitions a. awards payed tribute to him, from 1949 to 1955 he was lecturer at the Karlsruhe academy. - Mus.: Berlin (Nat.-Gal., Brücke-Museum), New York (Neue Gal.), Madrid (Mus. Thyssen-Bornemisza), Hamburg (Kunsthalle, Altonaer Mus.), Essen (Folkwang-Mus.) a. others. - Lit.: Thieme-Becker, Vollmer, Bénézit, P. Vogt, E.H., Werkverzeichnis der Gemälde, 1965 a. others.