The Graphics Collection

With almost 30,000 artworks ranging from 15th century until present time the graphics collection is an essential element of the KUNSTSAMMLUNGEN ZWICKAU Max-Pechstein-Museum. The collection comprises graphic reproductions by Lucas Cranach the Elder, Albrecht Dürer and the so-called German ‘minor masters’, artworks created by Romantics such as Johann Christian Klengel and Ludwig Richter, French caricaturists (Honoré Daumier, J. J. Grandville), representatives of German realism (Käthe Kollwitz, Adolph von Menzel), German impressionists (Lovis Corinth, Max Liebermann, Max Slevogt, Robert Sterl) and modern art from the first half of the 20th century, for example by Ernst Barlach, Max Beckmann, Erich Heckel, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Hans Meid. Particular emphasis is laid on art originating from Dresden such as the Dresden Secession with artists like Conrad Felixmüller, Otto Griebel, Wilhelm Lachnit, Otto Lange, Otto Dix, Hans Grundig.

The collection involves also quite a lot of works created by Max Pechstein and Fritz Bleyl, another member of the artist group ‘Brücke’ (The Bridge) who was born in Zwickau. Furthermore the museum keeps complex bundles by artists from Zwickau such as Reinhold Rudolf Junghanns, Karl Heinz Jakob or Albert Hennig.

Another part of the collection is formed by topographic images focusing on Zwickau and Saxony as well as the Saxon mining areas (Collection Spitzner).