Female Head by Karl Schmidt-Rottluff

Woodcut, 1916.

Female Head

Art work details

Original Title :
Year of production :
Karl Schmidt-Rottluff
Medium :
Original print, Woodcut
Ink, Paper (yellow)
Dimensions :
height: 17.5 cms; width: 24.1 cms
Credit Line :
Bequest of Dr Rosa Schapire
Copyright :
© DACS 2013.
Associated Groups :
Die Brücke
World War I, Portrait, Woodcut, Schmidt Rottluff, Rosa Schapire

The simplified forms of the heavily patterned face show the influence of tribal African masks, examples of which the Brücke artists had first encountered in the Dresden Museum of Ethnography. The group were excited by the art of Polynesia and Africa, which they viewed as creatively authentic, untainted by Western ideas and social restrictions, and thus the purest form of expression.

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