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Pechstein’s Bathers, like Otto Mueller’s Nude in a Landscape, embraces a pastoral theme. The subject may be traditional, but Pechstein’s treatment is a bold departure from the academic and Impressionist art that the Expressionists were reacting against. The light mood conveys the sense of escape associated with time spent in nature. Like his fellow Expressionists, Pechstein was influenced by French Fauvism, notable in the contrast of bright-red bathing suits against the vivid-blue water as well as in the energetic brushstrokes.
Ludwig and Rosy Fischer Collection, Gift of the Estate of Anne R. Fischer, and Adolph D. and Wilkins C. Williams Fund
2018: Collecting for the Commonwealth Preserving for the Nation, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, 1919-2018, Winter Antiques Show, Park Avenue Armory, New York City, NY, January 18 - 26, 2018.
German Expressionism and France: From Van Gogh and Gauguin to the Blaue Reiter, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, June 8-September 14, 2014; Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, October 6, 2014-January 25, 2015