Oil on canvas
Framed: 84.8 x 76.8 x 6.4 cm (33 3/8 x 30 1/4 x 2 1/2 in.); Unframed: 73.3 x 65 cm (28 7/8 x 25 9/16 in.)
Bequest of Dr. William R. Valentiner 1965.440
© Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn
Schmidt-Rottluff painted this powerful self-portrait in Berlin, where he settled after being discharged from the army in World War I. The jarring colors reflect the artist's desire to project his inner, emotional self. The angular, geometric features reveal the influence of Cubism and African wood sculpture. Schmidt-Rottluff was a founding member of Die Brücke (The Bridge), a group of German Expressionists devoted to establishing a bridge between artists and society.
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