Portrait S. and L.
Oil on Canvas 1925
Schmidt-Rottluff took an intence interest in African art,
particularly the masks and sculptures of the Gabon and Cameroon
cultures. Around 1914 this African influence became evident
in his painting.
double portrait of S. and L. reduced the sitters to simple
cubist shapes, much like the angular African aesthetics
he adored. Schmidt-Rottluff's works became dark and forboding
as the great war approached, and unlike many other German
artists at the time, he looked at the looming disaster with
was drafted in 1915, and served in the army until 1918,
when he turned almost exclusively to the art of making woodcuts.