Karl Schmidt-Rottluff

Heiliger Franziskus [St Francis]

About this artwork

In direct contrast to Dürer’s sophisticated and detailed use of the medium of woodcut, Schmidt-Rottluff, one of a group of young men in Dresden who called themselves Die Brucke (The Bridge), was interested in the direct, rough carving of the wood block as an expression of vitality. Schmidt-Rottluff’s print is reminiscent of African masks; a monumental, rough-hewn image of the saint.

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