In was not in the South Seas, but in the cold, wintry north that Schmidt-Rottluff painted his picture 'In the Kiosk' in 1912. Two years previously the member of the Brücke artists' group had moved into a small attic studio in Hamburg, where the exotic beauties lolled languidly in front of his easel. For some citizens of the Hanseatic city, these Brücke pictures were quite simply "a witches' Sabbath of wild forms and colours". Schmidt-Rottluff's Hamburg patron, Rose Schapire, had a very different opinion. The painting reminded her "that we are all lonely and rejected, and that there is no bridge leading from one individual to another".