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Title

Elbchaussee

1931


Artist

Rolf Nesch

Germany

07 Jan 1893 - 27 Oct 1975


About

Nesch studied at the Kunst-und-Gewerbeschule in Stuttgart between 1908 and 1912. In 1913 he enrolled at Kunstakademie in Dresden but he was sent to the front before finishing his studies. Nonetheless, during his time in Dresden he came into contact with works by members of Die Brücke, being especially influenced by Kirchner.

Around 1922 Nesch took up printmaking and made the first of many visits to Hamburg. He also visited Kirchner in Davos in 1924, after which time his prints became appreciably more expressive and unconventional. He settled in Hamburg in1929 where he created many of his remarkably original prints – striking views of the city and its bridges in a bold expressionist style. The subject of this print, ‘Elbchaussee’, is a grand 19th-century boulevard in Hamburg, acclaimed as one of the finest streets in Germany. Lined with elegant villas and parks, it stretches for 10km along the banks of the River Elbe.

In 1933 Nesch emigrated to Norway after the Nazis rejected his works from an exhibition – the choice of country being determined by his admiration for Edvard Munch.


Details


Date

1931


Media category

Print


Materials used

drypoint


Dimensions

45.3 x 61.2 cm platemark; 51.5 x 69.0 cm sheet


Signature & date

Signed lower sheet, pencil "... Nesch". Not dated.


Credit

Purchased 2007


Location

Not on display


Accession number

343.2007


Artist information

Rolf Nesch

Works in the collection

7


Shown in 1 exhibition

Exhibition history


Referenced in 2 publications

Bibliography


Hauswedell & Nolte, Rolf Nesch Sammlung Reinhard des arts, 08 Jun 1985, (illus.). lot 94

Kunstverein Hamburg, Rolf Nesch, 1958, (illus.).