The Lord's Prayer, sheet 6 - And Forgive Us Our Sins (Das Vaterunser - Und vergieb uns unsre Schuld)

Accession Number

The Lord's Prayer, sheet 6 - And Forgive Us Our Sins (Das Vaterunser - Und vergieb uns unsre Schuld)

Max Pechstein

Object Creation Date

Medium & Support
woodcut with hand-coloring on paper

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 depicts men praying in hope and fear for forgiveness from a radiant, powerful, and formidable God.

Physical Description
A group of seven men kneel and pray around a radiant figure representing God. God is in the viewer's upper left, and the supplicants are arranged around him. Hands project into the scene from behind God, suggesting additional figures kneeling in prayer behind.

Primary Object Classification

Collection Area
Modern and Contemporary

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Expressionist (style)
gods (dieties)
hands (animal components)
men (male humans)
modern and contemporary art
portfolios (groups of works)
prayers (documents)
woodcuts (prints)

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