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The Lord's Prayer, sheet 2 - Our Father Who Art in Heaven (Das Vaterunser - Vater Unser Der Du bist im Himmel)

Accession Number
1948/1.424

Title
The Lord's Prayer, sheet 2 - Our Father Who Art in Heaven (Das Vaterunser - Vater Unser Der Du bist im Himmel)

Artist(s)
Max Pechstein

Object Creation Date
1921

Medium & Support
woodcut with hand-coloring on paper

Dimensions
23 ½ in x 16 ¼ in (59.69 cm x 41.28 cm);28 ⅛ in x 22 in (71.44 cm x 55.88 cm)

Credit Line
Museum Purchase

Subject matter
Pechstein's "The Lord's Prayer" series of woodcuts mixes the text of the prayer with images of human wretchedness and spiritual need that draw on the Christian tradition to comment directly on the suffering and despair experienced by many Germans in the aftermath of the First World War and the economic crisis that followed.
This sheet of the portffolio depicts God in his radiant power and glory.

Physical Description
A large central figure represents God towers seen in the radiating rays of light and clouds that surround him.. On the forehead of his blocky, totemic head is a third eye. His left arm crosses over his middle and holds fire. His right hand extends down to the lower right corner as reaching down. The words "Vater Unser" are at the very top; "Der Du Bist" across God's waistline; "im Himmel" along the bottom.

Primary Object Classification
Print

Collection Area
Modern and Contemporary

Rights
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Keywords
Expressionism
Expressionist (style)
gods (dieties)
hands
modern and contemporary art
portfolios (groups of works)
prayers (documents)
rays
woodcuts (prints)

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