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Day of Steel

Artist
Max Pechstein, German, 1881–1955
Date
1911
Material
Oil on canvas
Made in
Berlin, Berlin state, Germany, Europe
Depicts
Nida, Lithuania, Europe
Classification
Paintings
Current Location
Not on view
Dimensions
39 1/2 x 39 1/2 in. (100.3 x 100.3 cm)
Credit Line
Bequest of Morton D. May
Rights
© 2013 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / Pechstein Hamburg / Toekendorf / VG Bild Kunst, Bonn
Object Number
927:1983
NOTES
Max Pechstein here represents a group of nude women in dramatic primary colors of red, yellow, and blue within a wooded setting. Pechstein’s non-naturalistic palette is indebted to the work of Henri Matisse. The painting depicts a landscape at Nidden on the Baltic coast of Germany; its enigmatic title may reference the steely blue sky or, more allusively, suggest the role of nudist bathing as a “steeling” and revivifying activity.
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