Karl Schmidt-Rottluff 1884-1976
N05953 Woman with a Bag 1915
Inscribed 'S. Rottluff' b.l.
Oil on canvas, 37 1/2 x 34 3/8 (95.5 x 87.5)
Presented by Dr Rosa Schapire 1950
Prov: Dr Rosa Schapire, Hamburg and London (purchased from the artist)
Exh: Sonder-Ausstellung Schmidt-Rottluff, Neue Kunst Hans Goltz, Munich, July 1917 (17, repr.); Nyare Tysk Konst, Liljevalchs Konsthall, Stockholm, February-March 1922 (202, repr.); Karl Schmidt-Rottluff: Gemälde, Aquarelle, Graphik, Kunstverein, Hanover, November 1963-January 1964 (66, repr.); Museum Folkwang, Essen, January-March 1964 (66, repr.); Kunstverein, Frankfurt, March-May 1964 (66, repr.); Akademie der Künste, Berlin, June-July 1964 (66, repr.)
Lit: Rosa Schapire, 'Bilder deutscher Künstler in der Tate Gallery' in Weltkunst, XXIII, 1 September 1953, p.6 repr.; Will Grohmann, Karl Schmidt-Rottluff (Stuttgart 1956), pp.47, 288, repr. p.194; Gerhard Wietek, 'Dr phil. Rosa Schapire' in Jahrbuch der Hamburger Kunstsammlungen, IX, 1964, pp.126, 130, 133, 136, repr. pp.132 and 136
Repr: Karl Brix, Karl Schmidt-Rottluff (Vienna and Munich 1972), pl.25 in colour
The same model posed for 'Woman putting on a Glove' and also possibly for 'Woman with a Tulip', both of 1915 (repr. W. Grohmann, op. cit., pp.53 and 261 respectively). The present work was said by Dr Schapire to have been painted in the autumn of 1915 in the artist's studio in Berlin a few weeks before he left for service on the Russian front. 'It is probably the last painting he did in 1915, he knew that the time of his freedom was over. I have the feeling that this painting, which as a subject has nothing to do with the war, is in its tragic expression and dark colours one of the most impressive documents of the misery of the war' (letter of 8 January 1951).
Ronald Alley, Catalogue of the Tate Gallery's Collection of Modern Art other than Works by British Artists, Tate Gallery and Sotheby Parke-Bernet, London 1981, pp.672-3, reproduced p.672