Karl Schmidt-Rottluff, 'Head of a Woman'

Karl Schmidt-Rottluff, 'Head of a Woman'

Karl Schmidt-Rottluff (1884-1976)
'Head of a Woman'
1916
Woodcut
Museum no. Circ.558-1969

Karl Schmidt-Rottluff was a founding member of the artists’ group Die Brücke (The Bridge), set up in Dresden, Germany, in 1905. Together with the Munich group Der Blaue Reiter (The Blue Rider), Die Brücke were the backbone of the German Expressionist movement. The artists of this group revived the woodcut as a medium for fine art printmaking, exploiting the physical qualities of the wood - such its resistance to the cutting tool and the pattern of the grain - to produce images characterised by energy, immediacy and directness.

This print can be found in Prints and Drawings Study Room box EDUC 9A.