Karl Schmidt-Rottluff Girl before a Mirror (Mädchen vor dem Spiegel) 1914, published 1919

  • Not on view

Schmidt-Rottluff and other members of the Brücke (Bridge) artists’ group devoted a large part of their practice to printmaking. They embraced woodcut, in particular, for the apparent rawness of its bold, rough-hewn surfaces. Schmidt-Rottluff took inspiration from traditional African sculptures that he saw in Dresden’s ethnographic museum to create the mask-like face and totem-like body of this figure posing in front of a mirror.

Gallery label from 2021
composition: 19 5/8 x 15 11/16" (49.8 x 39.9 cm); sheet (irreg.): 24 1/2 x 20 1/4" (62.2 x 51.4 cm)
Graphisches Kabinett J. B. Neumann, Berlin
Fritz Voigt, Berlin
Committee on Prints and Illustrated Books Fund and June Larkin in honor of Joanne M. Stern
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© 2024 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn
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