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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