An oil on canvas (dimensions 87x74 cm without the frame) representing a still life circa 1922 signed lower right.
Erich Hartmann studied painting at the Düsseldorfer Kunstakademie from 1903 to 1906 with Eduard Gebhardt and from 1906 to 1908 at the Munich School of Art, Hermann Groeber. From 1908 to 1912 he attended the Munich Art Academy.
In 1912 he went to Paris for two years. In 1914 he was enlisted in the army. In 1917, he married Ida Jenichen. In 1918 he was wounded and sent to a military hospital in Altona. He remained in Hamburg for the following decades.
In 1919, Erich Hartmann joined the new Hamburgische Sezession artists' association. He was now considered the most important representative of German expressionist painters.
Hartmann taught from 1922 to 1944 at the private art school Gerda Koppel. Eduard Bargheer and Friedrich Ahlers-Hestermann were among his colleagues.