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Karl Schmidt-Rottluff (artist)



Like other German modernists, Karl Schmidt-Rottluff had little interest in copying the outward appearance of things: that job was better left to photographers. Art was too serious to merely imitate nature-or even to honor tradition. With all the passion of youth, the artist insisted he was moved only by “an inexplicable yearning to lay hold of what I see and feel and then to find the most direct expression possible for such experience.”

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Karl Schmidt-Rottluff (Karl Schmidt until 1905; 1 December 1884 – 10 August 1976) was a German expressionist painter and printmaker; he was one of the four founders of the artist group Die Brücke.