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The Augustijnenrei in Bruges in the Morning, ca. 1917

  • oil paint, tempera, canvas
  • 96.5 x 83.4 cm
  • Inv. 1991-J

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During WWI the German expressionist and Die Brücke artist Erich Heckel lived in Flanders and worked as a volunteer for the Red Cross. During this period he frequently drew the Flemish landscape. Many of his drawings from that time have also been preserved: loosely drawn portraits or sketches of landscapes or townscapes in Bruges, Ghent and Roeselare. He probably intended to work up some of them, such as this view of Bruges, on canvas at a later date. Here we see the Augustijnenrei with the Augustijnen Bridge. This is not a faithful rendering of the scene but rather a free interpretation. The artist used very thin layers of paint, thereby almost creating the effect of a watercolour. The angular rendering of the sky and the dynamism of the rendering reveal the effects of Cubism and Futurism. The painting is still in the temporary frame (a canvas stretcher) in which Heckel originally sold it.


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Title The Augustijnenrei in Bruges in the Morning
Date ca. 1917
Period 20th century
Location Bruges TGN
Signatures, inscriptions, and markings signatures (names) left middle, to bottom: EHeckel
Collection paintings AAT
Object type oil paintings (visual works) AAT
tempera paintings AAT
Inventory number 1991-J
Current whereabouts Work on display
IIIF Manifest
Art & Architecture Thesaurus 300015571 cityscapes (representations) AAT
25H landscapes Iconclass
Keywords Iconclass 22 natural phenomena Iconclass
22C light Iconclass
22C1 natural light Iconclass
22C5 reflection (light in general) Iconclass
24A1 sunrise Iconclass
24A11 dawn Iconclass
24A8 sunlight Iconclass
24A81 sunbeams Iconclass
25G11 groups of trees Iconclass
25G3 trees Iconclass
25H1 landscapes in the temperate zone Iconclass
25H2 landscapes with waters, waterscapes, seascapes (in the temperate zone) Iconclass
25H21 water course Iconclass
25H22 canal Iconclass
25I city-view, and landscape with man-made constructions Iconclass
26A clouds Iconclass
300015571 cityscapes (representations) AAT
41A housing Iconclass
41A1 civic architecture; edifices; dwellings Iconclass
41A14 urban housing Iconclass
46C112 bridge Iconclass
46C2231 pier, quay, wharf Iconclass
61D(BELGIUM) geographical names of countries, regions, mountains, rivers, etc. (names of cities and villages excepted) (BELGIUM) Iconclass
61E(BRUGES) names of cities and villages (BRUGES) Iconclass
61F(AUGUSTIJNENREI) names of historical buildings, sites, streets, etc. (AUGUSTIJNENREI) Iconclass
School / Style Expressionist (style) AAT
German Expressionism
Modernist AAT
Erich Heckel / Paul Vogt. - Recklinghausen : Verlag Aurel Bongers, 1965 (nr. 10)
200 jaar verzamelen : Collectieboek Museum voor Schone Kunsten Gent / Arnout Balis, Robert Hoozee, Maximiliaan P.J. Martens, Paul Van Haute. - Gent : Ludion, 2000 (p. 269 (ill. 197))
D'Ensor à Magritte dans les collections du Musée de Gand (exposition Lodève, Musée de Lodève-Hôtel du Cardinal de Fleury, 19 novembre 2004 - 27 février 2005) / Maïthé Vallès-Bled, Robert Hoozee, Johan De Smet, Helke Lauwaert, Bruno Fornari. - Lodève : Musée de Lodève, 2004 ; Milano : Mazzotta, 2004 (p. 194-197, cat. 51)
Museum voor Schone Kunsten Gent : Catalogus schilderkunst ; Deel I: 14de - 18de eeuw ; Deel II: 19de - 20ste eeuw / Robert Hoozee, Johan De Smet, Bruno Fornari, Ruth Monteyne. - Gent : Museum voor Schone Kunsten Gent, 2007 (dl. II, p. 32 (ill.))
Das schöpferische Museum : Eine Dokumentation zur Geschichte der Sammlung moderner Kunst 1908-1949 (Stiftung Moritzburg Halle) / Andreas Hüneke, Katja Schneider. - Halle : Stiftung Moritzburg, 2005 (p. 87 (ill.))
Nature's Mirror : Reality and Symbol in Belgian Landscape (exhibition Boston College, McMullen Museum of Art-Daley Family Gallery, 10.09 - 10.12.2017) / Jeffery W. Howe, Alison Hokanson, Catherine Labio, Dominique Marechal, Albert Alhadeff, Anne Adriaens-Pannier. - Boston (MA) : McMullen Museum of Art, 2017 (p. 90)
The new Berlin, 1912-1932 (tentoonstelling Brussel, Koninklijke Musea voor Schone Kunsten van België, 05.10.2018 - 27.01.2019) / Inga Rossi-Schrimpf, Nicholas Baer, Burcu Dogramaci, Herbert Kiesel. - Brussel : Koninklijke Musea voor Schone Kunsten van België (Brussel), 2018 ; Tielt : Uitgeverij Lannoo, 2018 (p. 115)
Unzertrennlich : Rahmen und Bilder der Brücke-Künstler (Ausstellung Berlin, Brücke-Museum, 16.11.2019 - 15.03.2020 ; Bernried, Buchheim Museum, 28.03 - 05.07.2020) / Werner Murrer, Lisa Marei Schmidt, Daniel J. Schreiber, Gerd Presler, Wolfgang Henze, Marianne Saal. - Londen : Koenig Books, 2019 (p. 368)
Museum voor Schone Kunsten Gent : De collectie (tentoonstelling vanaf 21 maart 2021) / Johan De Smet, Bart Ooghe, Frederica Van Dam, Lieven Van Den Abeele, Cathérine Verleysen. - Gent : Museum voor Schone Kunsten Gent, 2021
Musée des Beaux-Arts de Gand : La Collection (exposition dès le 21 mars 2021) / Johan De Smet, Bart Ooghe, Frederica Van Dam, Lieven Van Den Abeele, Cathérine Verleysen. - Gand : Musée des Beaux-Arts de Gand, 2021
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