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The Lord's Prayer, sheet 12 - For Ever and Ever. Amen! (Das Vaterunser - von Ewigkeit zu Ewigkeit. Amen!)

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The Lord's Prayer, sheet 12 - For Ever and Ever. Amen! (Das Vaterunser - von Ewigkeit zu Ewigkeit. Amen!)

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 sufferring and despair experienced by many Germans in the aftermath of the First World War and the economic crisis that followed.
This, the final, sheet shows two hands in a position to clasp one another, a hopeful symbol of brotherhood and of overcoming Germany's crises.

Physical Description
One forearm extends from the upper left side and ends to the right of center in a hand with palm down. Another arm extends from the lower right and ends in the lower left in a hand with palm up. Between the hands is the word "Amen!" in large letters.

Primary Object Classification

Collection Area
Modern and Contemporary

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Expressionist (style)
hands (animal components)
modern and contemporary art
portfolios (groups of works)
prayers (documents)
woodcuts (prints)

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