Portrait of O. M. (Otto Mueller), Karl Schmidt-Rottluff
Karl Schmidt-Rottluff
Portrait of O. M. (Otto Mueller)
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Karl Schmidt-Rottluff

Portrait of O. M. (Otto Mueller), 1914

598 x 468 mm
359 x 289 mm
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Woodcut on laid paper
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66028 D
Acquired in 1948 as a donation from the heirs of the Carl Hagemann estate
Can be presented in the study room of the Graphische Sammlung (special opening hours)


About the Work

Nervous hatching charges Schmidt-Rottluff‘s portrait of his friend the painter Otto Mueller (1874–1930) with psychological tension; the masklike facial features remove it from the realm of naturalism and lend it an exaggerated expressiveness. At the same time, the artist seems to have viewed the face from the perspective of a sculptor who partitioned it geometrically, as it were, into its more prominent and its more deep-set zones.

About the Acquisition

From 1900 onwards, the Frankfurt chemist and industrialist Carl Hagemann (1867‒1940) assembled one of the most important private collections of modern art. It included numerous paintings, drawings, watercolours and prints, especially by members of the artist group “Die Brücke”. After Carl Hagemann died in an accident during the Second World War, the then Städel director Ernst Holzinger arranged for Hagemann’s heirs to evacuate his collection with the museum’s collection. In gratitude, the family donated almost all of the works on paper to the Städel Museum in 1948. Further donations and permanent loans as well as purchases of paintings and watercolours from the Hagemann estate helped to compensate for the losses the museum had suffered in 1937 as part of the Nazi’s “Degenerate Art” campaign. Today, the Hagemann Collection forms the core of the Städel museum’s Expressionist collection.

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