Title of Work
Date of Work
hand colored woodcut
Art & Design Study Collection; James Smith Pierce Collection
School of Medicine & Health Sciences Building
A member of the German Expressionist group, Die Brücke, Pechstein was fascinated by the cultural practices of non-Western peoples, whose societies he believed were more authentic and natural than those ofWestern Europe. Pechstein inscribed the first line of the Lord’s Prayer on a depiction of God influenced by African and Oceanic sculpture.
Part of the James Smith Pierce Collection
Born in Brooklyn, New York, James Smith Pierce received his PhD in art history from Harvard University. During his career as a professor, Pierce also became an accomplished artist, whose artworks were included in important exhibitions (including a show on land art at the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington, DC) and books on contemporary earthworks and site-specific sculpture. Pierce was also a photographer, exhibition curator, and art collector.