Karl Schmidt-Rottluff  (German, 1884-1976) 

Karl Schmidt-Rottluff (German, 1884–1976) was an Expressionist painter and printmaker, and one of the founders of the Die Brücke group of artists, which included Ernst Ludwig Kirchner (German, 1880–1938), Fritz Bleyl (German, 1880–1966), and Erich Heckel (German, 1883–1970), among others. In the early part of his career, Schmidt-Rottluff regularly spent his summers in Dangast, a town north of Oldenburg, and a number of his works were inspired by this secluded coastal region. In 1911, he moved to Berlin, where he was exposed to the most popular stylistic movements of the international avant-garde, including Cubism, Futurism, and African Tribal Art, all of which inspired his later work. After Die Brücke was dissolved in 1913, Schmidt-Rottluff began to produce woodcuts and wooden sculptures.

In the early 1930s, the artist became a member of the Prussian Academy of Art, but was soon expelled after the Nazis came to power and Expressionism was declared to be a degenerate form of art. After World War II, the artist returned from exile and became a professor at the University of Arts in Berlin-Charlottenburg.

The artist’s works are included in the collections of The Museum of Modern Art in New York, NY; the Neue Galerie in New York, NY; and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in Los Angeles, CA.

He died in Berlin in 1976 at the age of 92.

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Karl Schmidt-Rottluff, Bedrückte Frauen


Karl Schmidt-Rottluff
Bedrückte Frauen

Jörg Maass Kunsthandel
Karl Schmidt-Rottluff, Bäuerin mit Kuh / Woman Farmer with a Cow


Karl Schmidt-Rottluff
Bäuerin mit Kuh / Woman Farmer with a Cow

Galerie Orlando
Karl Schmidt-Rottluff, Stilleben mit Holzplastik


Karl Schmidt-Rottluff
Stilleben mit Holzplastik

Galerie Henze & Ketterer & Triebold
Karl Schmidt-Rottluff, Boot im Kanal


Karl Schmidt-Rottluff
Boot im Kanal

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Karl Schmidt-Rottluff, Portrait of a Lady / Frauenporträt


Karl Schmidt-Rottluff
Portrait of a Lady / Frauenporträt

Gilden's Arts UK
Karl Schmidt-Rottluff, Schiffe im Hafen


Karl Schmidt-Rottluff
Schiffe im Hafen

Jörg Maass Kunsthandel
Karl Schmidt-Rottluff, Elbchaussee bei Hamburg


Karl Schmidt-Rottluff
Elbchaussee bei Hamburg

Jörg Maass Kunsthandel
Karl Schmidt-Rottluff, Pappeln vor Häusern


Karl Schmidt-Rottluff
Pappeln vor Häusern

Galerie Nierendorf
Karl Schmidt-Rottluff, Wicken in Blau und Rosé


Karl Schmidt-Rottluff
Wicken in Blau und Rosé

Galerie Neher
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Karl Schmidt-Rottluff, Russischer Wald


Karl Schmidt-Rottluff
Russischer Wald, 1918


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Karl Schmidt-Rottluff, Bäume und Mond


Karl Schmidt-Rottluff
Bäume und Mond, 1923
etching and drypoint


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Karl Schmidt-Rottluff, Landschaft im Mondschein


Karl Schmidt-Rottluff
Landschaft im Mondschein, 1927


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1884   Born, Chemnitz
1905   Co-founder, with E. Heckel, E.L. Kirchner, F. Bleyl of the artist group "Brücke"
Brücke Museum, Berlin, Germany, inaugural opening
Studied architecture, Polytechnical University, Dresden, Germany
1931   Member of the Prussian Academy, Berlin, Germany
1933   Resigned from Prussian Academy, Berlin, Germany
1937   608 Schmidt-Rottluff paintings seized from German museums by the Nazi Third Reich
1941   Defamed as a “degenerate” artist and was prohibited from exhibiting
1943   Berlin Studio bombed by Nazi's
1947   Professor, University of Arts in Berlin-Charlottenburg, Germany
1976   Died, Berlin, Germany
2011   Sommergäste. Von Arp bis Werefkin - Die Klassische Moderne in Mecklenburg und Pommern, Staatliches Museum Schwerin, Germany
2010 - 2011   Landschaften und Stillleben, Saarlandmuseum Saarbrücken, Germany
2003   Karl Schmidt-Rottluff, Galerie Maulberger, Munich, Germany
1911   First solo exhibition at the Galerie Commeter, Hamburg, Germany
  Tate Modern, London, England
Museum of Modern Art (MOMA), New York, New York