Departing Boats (Nidden)
Max Pechstein, Departing Boats (Nidden) © Estate of Max Pechstein, VG Bild-Kunst Bonn/IVARO Dublin, 2019. Photo © National Gallery of IrelandCredit

'Departing Boats (Nidden)' by Max Pechstein

67 x 90 cm
Oil on canvas
Purchased, 2006

Stop 4 on the First Fortnight Art Trail

This painting represents an idealised vision of communal life in Nidden, a small fishing village in Denmark which Max Pechstein had been visiting and painting since 1909. The setting seems to have represented a kind of escape from everyday life for the artist.

Pechstein endured periods of depression throughout his life. The breakdown of his relationship with his wife Lotte, and with his art dealer Wolfgang Gurlitt, contributed to an episode in the early 1920s. Pechstein noted that his depression had an impact on the tone and palette of his paintings, saying: ‘My sadness has resulted in such solemn paintings, I had taken a strong liking to black, but ... would like to flee from it’. 

On display in Room 5, Millennium Wing, Level 1

About First Fortnight Festival

First Fortnight is a charity that challenges mental health prejudice through arts and cultural action. In January 2019, the National Gallery of Ireland is offering an education and engagement programme of events focusing on mindfulness and mental health. This Art Trail is part of the programme. See the full programme of First Fortnight events at the Gallery