Museum Folkwang
Haus und Bäume
  • Karl Schmidt-Rottluff
  • Haus und Bäume, 1912

  • House and Trees
  • Oil on canvas
  • 102 x 76 cm
  • Aquired in 2008 with suport of the Folkwang-Museumsverein the Kultusrstiftung der Länder, the Kunststiftung NRW, the State of North-Rhine-Wesfalia and the City of Essen
  • Inv. G 590
  • CommentaryIn an intense creative process Karl Schmidt-Rottluff produced a small group of pictures in 1912 that count among the most significant in his oeuvre, including the painting ›Haus und Bäume‹, in which the artist marvellously condenses nature and architecture, motion and stasis, light and colour.
    ›Haus und Bäume‹ impresses the observer with its fixed, stable structure and impulsive, raw »sprezzatura«. The motif named in the title is evident in individual shapes and colours: we see a forecourt in an earthy colour, a blue house wall with a high door and two window openings, above them a roof hood consisting of stepped greyish-black colour fields. On the left and right narrow yellow and red forms rise up – trees or flagpoles – which frame the house and end in the palely glowing, whitish-yellow bands crowning the steeply upward moving dynamism of the painting. At the sides green areas indicate vegetation.
    The formal language is characterized by strong simplification. The description of the objects is reduced to a few clearly identifiable individual forms and local colouring. The picture is structured by means of geometric shapes, which interlock and overlap in a free rhythm. The bright blue at the centre forms a stark contrast to the surrounding dark colours, which in places are ruptured by a rich green or especially red and yellow accents.
    The formal language and colouring of the painting ›Haus und Bäume‹ lend it a special significance among the pictures Schmidt-Rottluff painted in Dangast in 1912. In this year the artist, who took a greater interest in Cubism than the other members of ›Die Brücke‹, successfully attempted to make use of the new ideas coming out of France in his own artistic work by combining the Cubist simplification of object shapes with a strongly glowing, expressive colouring. The process of abstraction, which first appeared in Schmidt-Rottluff’s landscape painting in 1912 and which had a significant influence on his work in the following years, reached an early, bold zenith in ›Haus und Bäume‹. At the same time the luminosity of the colouring is lessened over larger areas, only to then take centre stage in small, individual sections.
  • Provenance1973, Künstler
    1973, Frankfurter Kunstkabinett - Hanna Bekker vom Rath
    1973, Roman Norbert Ketterer, Campione
    Privatsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen
    1984, Galerie Utermann, Dortmund
    Privatsammlung, Deutschland
    2008, Galerie Thomas, München
    2008, Museum Folkwang, Essen
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  • Obj_Internet_S: ja
  • Obj_Ownership_S (Verantw):Painting, Sculpture, Media Art
  • Obj_SpareNField01_N (Verantw): 187
  • Obj_Creditline_S: Gemäldesammlung
  • Obj_Title1_S: Haus und Bäume
  • Obj_Title2_S: House and Trees
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  • Obj_Dating_S: 1912
  • Jahr von: 1,912
  • Jahr bis: 1,912
  • Obj_IdentNr_S: G 590
  • Obj_IdentNrSort_S: G 0590
  • Obj_Classification_S (Objtyp): Painting
  • Obj_Crate_S: 102 x 76 cm
  • Obj_Material_S: Oil on canvas
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  • Obj_SpareSField01_S (Mat./Tech.): Oil on canvas
  • Obj_AccNote_S (Erwerb): Aquired in 2008 with suport of the Folkwang-Museumsverein the Kultusrstiftung der Länder, the Kunststiftung NRW, the State of North-Rhine-Wesfalia and the City of Essen
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  • Obj_Rights_S: © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2017
Commentary
Artists
Provenance

In an intense creative process Karl Schmidt-Rottluff produced a small group of pictures in 1912 that count among the most significant in his oeuvre, including the painting ›Haus und Bäume‹, in which the artist marvellously condenses nature and architecture, motion and stasis, light and colour.
›Haus und Bäume‹ impresses the observer with its fixed, stable structure and impulsive, raw »sprezzatura«. The motif named in the title is evident in individual shapes and colours: we see a forecourt in an earthy colour, a blue house wall with a high door and two window openings, above them a roof hood consisting of stepped greyish-black colour fields. On the left and right narrow yellow and red forms rise up – trees or flagpoles – which frame the house and end in the palely glowing, whitish-yellow bands crowning the steeply upward moving dynamism of the painting. At the sides green areas indicate vegetation.
The formal language is characterized by strong simplification. The description of the objects is reduced to a few clearly identifiable individual forms and local colouring. The picture is structured by means of geometric shapes, which interlock and overlap in a free rhythm. The bright blue at the centre forms a stark contrast to the surrounding dark colours, which in places are ruptured by a rich green or especially red and yellow accents.
The formal language and colouring of the painting ›Haus und Bäume‹ lend it a special significance among the pictures Schmidt-Rottluff painted in Dangast in 1912. In this year the artist, who took a greater interest in Cubism than the other members of ›Die Brücke‹, successfully attempted to make use of the new ideas coming out of France in his own artistic work by combining the Cubist simplification of object shapes with a strongly glowing, expressive colouring. The process of abstraction, which first appeared in Schmidt-Rottluff’s landscape painting in 1912 and which had a significant influence on his work in the following years, reached an early, bold zenith in ›Haus und Bäume‹. At the same time the luminosity of the colouring is lessened over larger areas, only to then take centre stage in small, individual sections.