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Karl Schmidt-Rottluff

Stilleben mit Gefäßen (Still Life with Vessels)

oil on canvas
1913
65,3 x 73,5 cm / 25 3/4 x 28 7/8 in.
signed and dated upper left

In May 1913 Schmidt-Rottluff left Berlin and settled in Nidden on the Baltic Sea, where he produced a small series of still lifes. They are among the earliest works in which he addressed the theme of African art. The aesthetic principles informing this prolific phase of his work were reduction in both motif and style rather than diversity in variation. By limiting himself to essentials, he attained a maximum of expression and spirituality that was inspired by African tribal art. African art would remain a formative influence throughout his career. Provenance available

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