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In 1945, after the end of the war, Karl Schmidt-Rottluff wrote to a friend: „ There remained only an unbelievable chaos, which’s removal, costed us the last available strength. We were amongst the lucky survivors, but not much more is left. The lion’s share of my paintings got lost in Silesia, making me feel as some kind of legend”.
Already 60 years of age, Karl and Emy Schmidt-Rolluff, invigorated by their shared path beginning during “Brücke” in Dresden, made for a new start: A new level of stile in his paintings was his reaction to the new world-order. In life all was about reconstruction, in which his wife and he took a very special part by founding and constructing the “Brücke”-Museum in Berlin in 1967.
When Karl Schmidt-Rottluff died in 1970, he had given birth to a large late-oeuvre, which without denying it’s expressionist background, responded to the call of the present, as our still-life as one his strongest late works, proves.
In it we find one of the few relicts, “Blauroter Kopf” , “Panischer Schrecken” from 1917, a spruce-wood sculpture (Witek 31, today in the Brücke-Museum, Berlin). This sculpture had survied the Berlin-bombing in the basement of his studio in Berlin. The head is based on african, tribal carvings.