Karl Schmidt-Rottluff Male Head 1917

Artwork details

Artist
Title
Male Head
Männlicher Kopf
Date 1917
Medium Wood
Dimensions Object: 343 x 133 x 165 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented by the executors of Dr Rosa Shapire 1954
Reference
N06250
Not on display

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Schmidt-Rottluff was primarily a painter, but during the First World War he briefly turned to sculpture. This is one of around twelve carvings influenced by African sculpture that he made in 1917–18. Most were heads, and some were painted red, blue or green. Traces of colour around one eye and at the base of the head suggest that this example was originally red.

July 2008

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