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The Lord's Prayer, sheet 10 - For Thine Is the Kingdom (Das Vaterunser - Denn Dein ist das Reich)

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The Lord's Prayer, sheet 10 - For Thine Is the Kingdom (Das Vaterunser - Denn Dein ist das Reich)

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.
In this sheet of the portfolio, a man, woman, and child face the viewer with hands folded in prayer and faces cast upward.

Physical Description
A man, a woman, and a child facing the viewer with their hands folded in prayer. The man and woman sit on a mattress and look to heaven. The child stands in front of them with his head bowed. Next to the child is a diminutive cow. In the background behind the family are images of fish and birds.

Primary Object Classification

Collection Area
Modern and Contemporary

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Expressionist (style)
cows (mammals)
families (kinship groups)
fish (animals)
modern and contemporary art
portfolios (groups of works)
prayers (documents)
woodcuts (prints)

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