Sitzendes Mädchen (Moritzburg) 1910. Max Pechstein (1881-1935) was a German expressionist painter and printmaker, and a member of the Die Brücke group. He was the only member to have formal art training. Later in Berlin, he helped to found the Neue Sezession and gained recognition for his decorative and colorful paintings that were lent from the ideas of Van Gogh, Matisse, and the Fauves. His paintings eventually became more primitivist, incorporating thick black lines and angular figures.