May 31, 2016

Stadtbild aus Soest

Stadtbild aus Soest


Karl Schmidt-Rottluff

(German, 1884–1976)


Image: 59.7 x 49.7 cm (23 1/2 x 19 9/16 in.); Sheet: 66.3 x 53.2 cm (26 1/8 x 20 15/16 in.)

Gift of The Print Club of Cleveland 1959.230

Catalogue raisonné: Schapire 285



Karl Schmidt-Rottluff worked almost exclusively in the woodcut medium after World War I. While other Expressionists focused on the city as the embodiment of corruption, agony, and suffering, Schmidt-Rottluff created one that operates seemingly outside of such pessimistic realities. His two church spires extend to the sky and relay an ecstatic vision, while the jagged angles and patterns of light across the surface make the city pulse with energy.

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PR - Woodcut
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