Max Pechstein

1881
Hermann Max Pechstein was born on 31 December in Zwickau

1896-1900
Apprenticeship in Zwickau to become a decorative painter

1900-1906
Study at the school of arts and crafts (Kunstgewerbeschule) and the Dresden Academy of Fine Arts

1906-1912
Member of the artist group ‘Brücke’ (The Bridge)

1907-1908
Traveling to Italy and France, Paris in particular, after receiving the Saxony State Prize
 
1908
Moving to Berlin

1909
Pechstein discovers the fisher village Nida, a spot in the Curonian Split (today Lithuania), as a paradise for painters (further stays in 1911, 1912, 1919, 1920 and 1939)

1910
Foundation and becoming President of the ‘New Secession’ in Berlin

1911
Marriage to Charlotte Kaprolat

 
1913
Birth of son Frank and first stay in Monterosso al Mare, a fisher village on the Ligurian Coast

1914
Traveling to Palau in the South Seas because of his longing for genuineness

1916-1918
Military service along the western front, later on serving as observer of the Berlin air force

1918
Co-founder of the November Group and the Arbeitsrat für Kunst

1921  
Leba on the Pomeranian Baltic Sea coast becomes a new paradise for painters and a second home until 1945 

1923
Marries Marta Möller in Leba after his divorce from Lotte Pechstein; member of the Prussian Academy of Arts Berlin

1924-1925
Longer stays in Monterosso al Mare, Montreux

1926
Birth of son Max Konrad

1927
Most comprehensive exhibition year with 21 exhibitions in Europe and North America; the largely untapped fisher village Rowe becomes source of inspiration until 1933 

1931
Journey to South France

1934
Lake Koser becomes another working spot

1937
‘Degenerated artist’: Exclusion from the Academy of Arts as well as confiscation of more than 300 artworks in German Museums

1945
His apartment, studio and the majority of his artwork is destroyed;
professorship at the Berlin University of Arts

1947
Honorary citizenship in his home town Zwickau and endowing the Max Pechstein Award

1952
Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany

1955
Max Pechstein dies on 29 June in Berlin