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Karl Schmidt-Rottluff - Woodcuts 1913-1922

Karl Schmidt-Rottluff - Woodcuts 1913-1922

Karl Schmidt-Rottluff

Karl Schmidt-Rottluff, like numerous Expressionists, was critical of the war from the start and he also worked for Franz Pfemferts revolutionary magazine "Die Aktion", which was opposed to the war. Although he was older, he was drafted on May 12, 1915. Until October 1916, when he was transferred to a press department in the staff, practically no works were created. In 1917 Schmidt-Rottluff turned to religious motifs.

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Karl Schmidt-Rottluff, Bei den Netzen (With the Nets), 1914, woodcut, 51,5 x 62,2 cm.

The essence of art can never change. I'm convinced you can't talk about art. At best, you will have a translation, a poetic paraphrase, & as for that I'll leave that to the poets.

Karl Schmidt-Rottluff, in: New Program - Kunst & Kunstler, Berlin 1914.

Karl Schmidt-Rottluff

Frau mit aufgelöstem Haar (Woman with undone hair)

1913

35,7 x 29,9 cm on 55,0 x 45,5 cm.

Woodcut on Japan paper.

Copy out of edition.

US$ 52'000.-

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Karl Schmidt-Rottluff

Frau in den Dünen (Woman in the Dunes)

1914

39,2 x 50 on 56 x 70,7 cm.

Woodcut on heavy, lightly grained wove paper.

One of 50 copies. Signed.

US$ 26'000.-

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Karl Schmidt-Rottluff, Frau in den Dünen (Woman in Dunes), 1914, woodcut, 56 x 70 cm.

Karl Schmidt-Rottluff

Bei den Netzen (With the Nets)

1914

40 x 49,5 on 51,5 x 62,2 cm.

Woodcut on chamois JWZanders handmade paper.

One of 75 copies. Signed.

US$ 38'000.-

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Karl Schmidt-Rottluff

Die Schwestern (Sisters)

1914

40,1 x 49,9 on 51 x 62,2 cm.

Woodcut on handmade paperr.

One of 50 copies. Signed.

US$ 33'000.-

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Karl Schmidt-Rottluff, Katzen (Cats), 1915, woodcut, 51,5 x 62,2 cm.

Karl Schmidt-Rottluff

Katzen (Cats)

1915

40 x 50 on 51,5 x 63 cm.

Woodcut on ribbed handmade paper.

Testprint out of the edition of 75 copies. Signed.

US$ 18'000.-

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Karl Schmidt-Rottluff

Kopf (Head)

1915

24,9 x 17,9 cm on 49,5 x 33,7 cm.

Woodcut on handmade paper.

Signed, with work no.

US$ 22'000.-

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Karl Schmidt-Rottluff, Freundestrost (Friend's Consolation), 1920, woodcut, 51,1 x 67 cm.

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Christus flucht dem Feigenbaum (Christ curses the Fig Tree)

Karl Schmidt-Rottluff

1918

50 x 39,5 on 66,5 x 50,8 cm.

Woodcut on chamois handmade paper.

One of 75 copies. Signed.

US$ 12'500.-

Karl Schmidt-Rottluff

Litauische Landschaft (Lithuanian Landscape)

1919

39,6 x 49,6 on 52,8 x 71,7 cm

Woodcut on copperplate printing paper.

One of 25-30 copies. Signed.

US$ 36'000.-

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Karl Schmidt-Rottluff

Freundestrost (Friend's Consolation)

1920

39,2 x 49,8 on 51,1 x 67 cm.

Woodcut on grained handmade paper.

One of 25-30 copies. Signed, with work no.

US$ 21'000.-

Karl Schmidt-Rottluff

Stadtbild aus Soest (Cityscape of Soest)

1922

49,7 x 39,7 on 70,5 x 55,5 cm.

Woodcut on blotting paper.

One of 25-30 copies. Signed and with work no.

US$ 29'000.-

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Karl Schmidt-Rotluff was born on 1 December 1884 in Rottluff near Chemnitz. With artist friends Erich Heckel, Fritz Bleyl and Ernst Ludwig Kirchner he founded the famous artist group “Brücke”, which was disbanded in 1913. He served as a pioneer in the First World War in Russia and Lithuania from 1915 to 1918, and shortly after the end of the war, he married Emy Frisch. 1937 was the beginning of a bleak period for Karl Schmidt-Rottluff. Hundreds of his works were confiscated in museums, some were destroyed and the painter himself received a paining ban in 1941. He reacted by retiring into his own world, characterised by an extensive collection of ethnological exhibits, mostly from Africa and Oceania which, being fascinated with that which was foreign, Schmidt-Rottluff had collected over his lifetime. Schmidt-Rottluff survived the Second World War and in the post-war years was able to build on earlier successes. He participated in the first documenta in Kassel and taught as professor at the Hochschule für Bildende Künste; he was also a member of the revived Deutscher Künstlerverbund as second CEO. Karl Schmidt-Rottluff died in Berlin on 10 August 1976, only a few months after his wife Emy.

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