Friday, April 4, 2014
Give it Up for the Impassioned Master, Karl Schmidt-Rotluff
Without adieu, the works of Mr. Karl Schmidt-Rotluff. Can I get a drum roll, please.......
Karl Schmidt was born in 1884 in Rottluff, Saxony,( today a district of Chemnitz). He attended the Humanistisches Gynasium and in 1905, the year he met fellow artists Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Erich Heckel and Fritz Bleyl, he gave up his architecture studies in Dresden and became one of the founding members of the artist group now known as Die Brücke ("The Bridge"). They formed Die Brücke with the aim of creating an uncompromisingly vital art that renounced all traditions; the group’s name, derived from a quotation in Friedrich Nietzsche’s Also sprach Zarathustra (1883). Schmidt-Rottluff’s sources and development were very similar to those of the group’s other members: their influences included Art Nouveau, Neo-Impressionism and the paintings of Vincent van Gogh and Henri Matisse.
He died in Berlin in 1976.
Museum of Modern Art, New York
the Brucke Museum, Berlin
the Neue Galerie, New York
the Los Angeles County Museum of Art
The Museum am Theaterplatz in Chemnitz also has a large collection