Karl Schmidt-Rottluff - Septembermorgen (September morning), 1966

Watercolour on handmade paper

50 x 69 cm / framed 81 x 101 cm
19 x 27 inch / framed 31 x 39 inch

Sigend, marked bottom right "SRottluff 6620"
Verso marked, titled, dated "67/46 - Septembermorgen - 66"

- with craftsman's frame -

N 9371

About the work

The view over the garden fence onto a small house surrounded by high bushes and trees appears to be flooded with colour and light. The deserted scenery is shone over by the large, low-lying sun, the backlight of which intensifies the contours of the forms with a lively effect. Karl Schmidt-Rottluff captured the special atmosphere of a September morning in the Taunus with loose brushwork and intensely brilliant colour contrasts. The painter had been a regular guest of the Frankfurt art dealer Hanna Bekker vom Rath in her house in Hofheim since the early 1930s. The Taunus landscape thus became a central source of inspiration for many paintings and watercolours, in which quiet, luxuriant nature provides the main element. This large-format sheet is one of the exemplary works of his late career, in which the more than 80-year-old artist continued to pursue the forces of nature with unabated joy in creation. In a manner typical of Schmidt-Rottluff’s painting of the 1950s and 60s, the stylised area forms of building and nature are emphasised with black, sharply broken contour lines and intensified to a powerful expression. The late summer landscape vibrates with the ecstasy of the colours. Vital expressiveness and a strong inner sentiment radiate from the watercolour of eminent quality.
(Andreas Gabelmann )

Text authored and provided by Dr. Andreas Gabelmann, Art Historian

Dr. Andreas Gabelmann, art historian, born 1967 in Landau. Programmes of study in art history, architectural history and literature in Karlsruhe and Bamberg. 1999 Doctoral thesis on the Badenese Expressionist August Babberger (1885-1936). 2000 to 2002 Practical training at the Brücke-Museum Berlin. 2003 to 2004 Scientific staff member of the Städtisches Kunstmuseum Singen. Since 2005, active as a freelance art historian, author and curator for museums, art associations, galleries, foundations, artist estates, the press and publishing houses in Germany and Switzerland. Numerous publications on modern art with a focus on Expressionism and extending to contemporary art. Publication of the new catalogue raisonné of the printed graphic works of Erich Heckel (will appear in autumn of 2021). Lives and works in Radolfzell on Lake Constance.

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Karl Schmidt-Rottluff, September morning, 1966, 50 x 69 cm / framed 81 x 101 cm, N 9371
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