Karl Schmidt-Rottluff

1884 - 1976

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Karl Schmidt-Rottluff was a German printmaker and painter who was born on December 1, 1884, in Rottluff, a suburb of Chemnitz, Germany. He was one of the founding members of the expressionist art group known as Die Brücke (The Bridge), which was established in Dresden in 1905. The group aimed to break away from traditional artistic conventions and explore new forms of artistic expression.

Schmidt-Rottluff's early works were heavily influenced by the vibrant colors and bold lines of the expressionist movement. He primarily worked in woodcut and lithography, producing graphic prints that often depicted urban scenes, landscapes, and portraits. His style was characterized by its emotional intensity and a focus on conveying inner experiences and feelings.