The paintings of Hermann Max Pechstein (1881 – 1955) play an important role among the many thousands of rexamination eports on painting techniques and art technology written by the Doerner Institut since it was founded more than seven decennia ago. Years of close cooperation with the artist’s descendants have resulted in a data collection that, as far as we know, is the largest collection of art-technologicaldata on Max Pechstein's œuvre.

 Investigations at the Doerner Institut employ all commonly used modern methods of examining paintings. These include X-ray and infrared reflectography, microscopic examination of the support material, monograms and signatures as well as a reconstruction of the work process and, above all, analyses of the pigments and binders. These investigations at the Doerner Institut are carried out by conservators and scientists following unified standards.