FINE ART INVESTMENTS SINCE 1978
Karl Schmidt was one of the leading members of the first German Expressionist movement in painting. At the Chemnitz School
he coincided with Erich Heckel, and in 1905 followed his footsteps by moving to the city of Dresden to study architecture and
paint as a self-taught artist. Together with Heckel, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner and Fritz Bleyl, he established the Expressionist
group Die Brücke (The Bridge) in 1905 with the intention of seeking a new pictorial language to break with the past. At this
point the young Karl Schmidt added his birthplace to his surname, becoming Schmidt-Rottluff. During the summers of 1907
and 1912 he went to Dangast to paint with Heckel and in 1911 he followed his colleagues to Berlin, where he spent the rest of his
life. Schmidt-Rottluff fought on the Russian front during the First World War.
When the Nazis came to power his recognition faded and he came to be considered a “degenerate artist” in 1937. He was expelled
from the Reichskammer der Bildenden Künste, his paintings were removed from museums, and he was banned from exhibiting
his work. During these years of forced exile, he spent long periods by Lake Leba in east Pomerania, where he produced many
watercolours. His studio was destroyed during the Second World War and much of his work was lost. In 1947 he was hired as a
lecturer at the Hochschule für Bildende Künste in West Berlin, where he greatly influenced the new generations of painters. In
1964 he was the main promoter of the Brücke-Museum in Berlin, which opened in 1967 with works donated by the members of
His Expressionistic style of vigorous brushstrokes and vibrant colours evolved from an early period influenced by Van Gogh
towards flatter and more synthetic forms. Like his colleagues, he made many woodblock prints and was the first of them to
experiment with lithography.
Title: "Frau auf Teppich (Woman on Carpet)"
*Issued unsigned *Extremely Rare
Portfolio: "Die Aktion"
Reference: (Schapire No. 172)
Medium: Original Woodcut Engraving
Limited edition: Unknown, presumed small
Framed size: 16.5" x 13.5"
Sheet size: 11" x 8.25"
Image size: 9.75" x 7"
Title: "Schmidt-Rottluff at Kunsthandel
Wolfgang Werner KG"
(after Karl Schmidt-Rottluff)
Medium: Original Offset-Lithograph
Sheet size: 27.25" x 17.75"
Image size: 9.5" x 12"
Framed size: 29.25" x 19.5"