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The Lord's Prayer, sheet 7 - As We Forgive Them that Sin Against Us (Das Vaterunser - Wie wir vergeben unsern Schuldigern)

Accession Number
1948/1.429

Title
The Lord's Prayer, sheet 7 - As We Forgive Them that Sin Against Us (Das Vaterunser - Wie wir vergeben unsern Schuldigern)

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);23 ½ in x 16 ¼ in (59.69 cm x 41.28 cm);15 11/16 in x 11 11/16 in (39.85 cm x 29.69 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 a scene of personal contrition and forgiveness.

Physical Description
A male figure in profile seen at viewer's right rests his head on the shoulder of a woman. The figures grasp hands in the center of the composition; the female figure's proper left hand rests upon the neck of the male figure; both figures are dressed in dark clothes and illuiminated from behind by a bright white light; text runs along the uppermost edge of the composition, at the viewer's right mid-center, and along the bottom proper.

Primary Object Classification
Print

Collection Area
Modern and Contemporary

Rights
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Keywords
Expressionism
Expressionist (style)
couples
grief
modern and contemporary art
portfolios (groups of works)
prayers (documents)
woodcuts (prints)

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