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Wednesday 29 January 2020

Erich Heckel's woodcut, "Mädchenkopf", 1913

Erich Heckel (1883–1970)

“Mädchenkopf” (Head of a Girl) (aka “Junges Mädchen [Young Girl]), 1913, printed by W. Drugulin for the periodical, “Genius. Zeitschrift für werdende und alte Kunst” (Genius. Journal for Emerging and Traditional Art), vol. 2, no. 1, p. 115, published by Kurt Wolff Verlag in Munich in 1920.

Woodcut printed in black ink on buff wove paper with full margins and the letterpress note of authenticity verso.
Size: (sheet) 33.8 x 25.3 cm; (image borderline): 25.8 x 17.2 cm.
Lettered verso: (lower left) “Erich Heckel / Mädchenkopf. Original-Holzschnitt.”
State iii (of iii)

Rathenau 264 III; Raabe 74; Söhn 12003-1; Jentsch 72; Dube 264 IIIB; Davis-Riffkind 1038; Brücke 14

Spaightwood Galleries offer marvellous insights about this print and its 1920 edition:

The Museum of Modern Art offers very good background information about the publication in which this print features as well as technical details about the woodcut:

See also the description of this print at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco:

Condition: faultless impression in near pristine condition (there are minor flattened printer creases in the margins).

I am selling this graphically arresting original woodcut by a founder of the historically important Die Brücke (the bridge) movement (1905–1913) in Dresden—a group that was passionately committed to revitalising art with authentically felt expressive forms—for AU$584 in total (currently US$393.64/EUR357.30/GBP302.38 at the time of posting this listing) including postage and handling to anywhere in the world (but not, of course, any import duties/taxes imposed by some countries).

If you are interested in purchasing this important woodcut exemplifying Heckel’s interest in “primitive” (pre-academic) approaches to expression typified by pre-Renaissance woodcuts and the African artefacts Heckel examined in Dresden’s Ethnological Museum, please contact me ( and I will send you a PayPal invoice to make the payment easy.

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