View a selection of Karl Schmidt-Rottluff Prints
Karl Schmidt-Rottluff was one of the founding members of the Die Brucke organized in a former butchershop in Dresden in 1905. It was he who named the group after a quote by Nietzsche's Thus Spoke Zarathustra , "What is great in man is that he is a bridge and not an end..." Schmidt-Rottluff was close friend of Erich Heckel who he met in highschool in 1901. Both studied architecture at the Technical Academy in Dresden but left their studies after founding Die Brucke. Many consider Schmidt-Rottluff to be the most independent of Die Brucke. He was inspired by the expressive power of the art he saw at the Ethnographic Museum in Dresden. In the Fall of 1911, Die Brucke moved to Berlin where they met most of the painters of the avant-garde but in 1913, the group disbanded. In 1912, Schmidt-Rottluff had his first solo exhibition in Hamburg.
Hey Bill, does propagating an ugly plant make the gardener ‘savvy’ to the domination of that plant in a garden…or is it another example of interference in the natural order of the garden? In Australia we have a pest called a cane toad that was introduced in 1935
by people who wanted to control the sugar cane beetle. It has no natural predator and has dramatically altered the ecology here. It is now recognised as a threat to the natural system. I think Abstract Impressionism was (is) like a cane toad. Far too common, ugly as all hell, and not welcome. Culturally savvy indeed!