Max Pechstein (1881-1955) was one of the most prominent artists of German Expressionism. Hailed by some contemporaries as the leading member of the Brücke group, Pechstein played a central role in the German Avantgarde during the first decades of the twentieth century. He was the best-selling member of Brücke and a decisive catalyst for the group’s development.
Throughout his time, his art caused controversy. Yet Pechstein did more than paint, he was also an important player in the world of art politics