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The Lord's Prayer, sheet 9 - But Deliver Us from Evil (Das Vaterunser - Sondern erlöse uns von dem Übel)

Accession Number
1948/1.431

Title
The Lord's Prayer, sheet 9 - But Deliver Us from Evil (Das Vaterunser - Sondern erlöse uns von dem Übel)

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 sufferring 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 death and grief.

Physical Description
At viewer's left, two reclining figures lie side-by-side in a bed, covered by a sheet up to their chins. At the foot of the bed at the viewer's right, a man sits with his eyes closed and his hands on his head. To the viewer's left, in the foreground , a woman sits, crying, wiping her eyes with the back of her left hand.

Primary Object Classification
Print

Collection Area
Modern and Contemporary

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

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