Karl Schmidt-Rottluff

Schmidt-Rottluff, Karl

1884 Rottluff bei Chemnitz ‐ 1976 Berlin

Information about the artist

"(...) I know that I have no program, only the inexplicable longing to grasp what I see and feel, and find the purest expression for it ..."
            (Karl Schmidt-Rottluff, quoted from Brix in: Möller 1992, pp. 257-258.)

Karl Schmidt-Rottluff is still one of the internationally most famous expressionists. As a co-founder of the famous artist group "Die Brücke", which also includes Max Pechstein and Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, and as an essential representative of the classical modern age, Schmidt-Rottluff enters art history.

With flat, very colorful and Expressionist tuned works, the Brückemaler since 1905 suppressed the hitherto dominant impressionism. The forms have been simplified, the color increased in intensity and the line to the main bearer of expression. It was a special concern of Karl Schmidt-Rottluff to express nostalgia and haptic impressions in their purest form without resorting to a ready-made image program. Under this purest form understood Schmidt-Rottluff his painting and its expression in this. Only this medium was able to capture his expressions, which can only be described in words, but not expressed in their purest form.

Already during his lifetime he is present at numerous international exhibitions, first in Europe, later also in the USA. Since 1947 he teaches at the Hochschule für Bildende Künste in Charlottenburg in Berlin. He gives his estate to the city of Berlin in 1964. Three years later, the "Bridge Museum" is opened, which until today offers interested visitors an insight into the expressionist world.

Works of art