Karl Schmidt-Rottluff
Two Women 1912

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Two Women
Zwei Frauen
Date 1912
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 765 x 845 mm
Acquisition Presented by the executors of Dr Rosa Schapire 1954
Not on display

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Although this work was painted in Hamburg, it was probably inspired by the artist’s regular summer visits to Dangast on the North Sea coast. The dunes, grasslands and fishing villages of this area appear in a number of Schmidt-Rottluff’s paintings. The mask-like faces of the two women may reflect Schmidt-Rottluff’s familiarity with masks from Cameroon. The artists of the Brücke group drew inspiration from the African and South East Asian artefacts in the Dresden Ethnographic Museum, which they saw as embodying an unspoilt and more authentic culture.

July 2008

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