Erich Heckel

1883
Erich Heckel is born in Döbeln (Saxony)

1901
Makes friends with Schmidt-Rottluff

1904
Finishes grammar school in Chemnitz and studies architecture at the Saxon Technical College in Dresden

1905
Together with Bleyl, Kirchner and Schmidt-Rottluff, he founds the Brücke artist’s circle on 17 June. Works at Wilhelm Kreis’s architectural studio. Rents a former butcher’s shop in 60, Berliner Strasse as the joint Brücke studio

1907
Finishes his job at Kreis’s. First trip to the Dangast Moors

1908
Spends May to October with Schmidt-Rottluff in Dangast

1909
Travels to Italy (Verona, Padua, Venice and Rome). Spends the summer at the Moritzburger Lakes, together with Kirchner (subsequently also in 1910 an 1911)

1911
Moves to Berlin

1912
Makes friends with Marc and Feininger

1913
Break-up of the BrĂĽcke group. First solo exhibition at the Gurlitt Gallery in Berlin

1914
Takes part in the Werkbund exhibition in Cologne. Volunteers for military service in the medical corps

1915
Meets Beckmann and Ensor. Marries Milda Frieda Georgi, called Sidi

1918
Settles down in Berlin in November

1919-1944
Spends the summer in Osterholz each year

1929
Trip to Provence, the Pyrenees, Northern Spain and Aquitania

1931
Trip to Northern Italy

1937
Branded as “degenerate” by Nazi authorities. 729 of his works are confiscated in German museums

1944
His Berlin studio is destroyed during an air raid. Moves to Hemmenhofen on Lake Constance

1949-1955
Professorship at the School of Fine Arts in Karlsruhe

1970
Erich Heckel dies in Radolfzell (Lake Constance)

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