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The Red House

A work made of oil on canvas.

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  • A work made of oil on canvas.




Max Pechstein
German, 1881–1955

About this artwork

Max Pechstein painted The Red House during a trip to the town of Nidden, a remote fishing village on the Baltic Sea where he often escaped the constraints of Berlin life. This particular work formed part of a series of red houses and other architectural structures–such as bathhouses and a cathedral–that reflects a documentary impulse to record outdoor scenes from multiple perspectives under various conditions. However, Pechstein also ventured beyond strict observation and had a desire to, as he put it, “dive into colors, roll around in tones!” As is clear from the rough brushwork and saturated palette, this radical experimentation–carried out as part of the avant-garde artists’ group Die Brücke (the Bridge)–forged new connections between traditional painting and the intensity of 20th-century experience.


On View, Gallery 392


Modern Art


Max Pechstein


The Red House


Germany (Artist's nationality:)

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Oil on canvas


Signed and dated, l.r.: Pechstein 1911; annotated on verso: Rotes Haus/Pechstein/500


88.9 × 68.5 cm (35 × 27 in.)

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Bequest of Kenneth and Bernice Newberger

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