Karl Schmidt-Rottluff, Still Life, Pastel and India Ink, (German, 1884-1976), signed lower left, pastel and India ink on wove paper, depicting vases in front of a window, together with letters and photos pertaining to the AAAL honorary membership to the artist on June 5th, 1974 by Ambassador M. J. Hillenbrand and a photograph of the artist given to Ambassador M. J. Hillenbrand in 1972 by the artist, matted and framed. Frame size: 23 in. x 28 in.
Provenance: Given directly from the artist to Ambassador M. J. Hillenbrand in 1972.
Karl Schmidt-Rottluff was a German Expressionist artist. Born with the name Karl Schmidt in 1884 in Rottluff, Germany, he later added the suffix Rottluff to his surname in 1905. In the early 1900's Schmidt-Rottluff was a member of a the group of German architecture students in Dresden who exhibited together under the name Die Brucke. The groups focused on bridging the gap between modernist and avant-garde art movements with more traditional art movements and they had a major impact of the mainstream acceptance of 20th century modernist art movements. In Die Brucke Schmidt-Rottluff worked among artist such as Fritz Bleyl, Erich Heckel, an Ernst Ludwig Kirchner until the group disbanded in 1913. Before he left Die Brucke Schmidt-Rottluff had his first solo exhibition in Hamburg, Germany in 1912. After living through both World Wars, he become a professor at the University of Arts in Berlin-Charlottenburge in 1947, and in 1967 he founded the Brucke Museum in Berlin. Schmidt-Rottluff's work is now in the collection of notable museums such as the Stadel Museum in Frankfurt, the Tate Gallery London, The Museum of Modern Art in New York, and the Albertina in Vienna, among many others.MEASURMENTS: Height: by sight 15 1/8 in. x Width: 20 1/4 in.