Karl Schmidt-Rottluff


Nach dem Bade

Material / Technique
Bildmaß 124,5 × 106 cm
Rahmenmaß 143,8 × 123,5 × 5 cm
Related Digital Projects
Acquisition details
Erworben 1964 als Schenkung von Karl Schmidt-Rottluff
Karl Schmidt-Rottluff, Nach dem Bade, 1926, Öl auf Leinwand, Brücke-Museum, © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2019

Exhibitions (selection)

Literature (selection)

  • Werner Stein, Berlin (Hg.), Verzeichnis der zur Eröffnung ausgestellten Werke September 1967 bis März 1968, Ausst.-Kat. Brücke-Museum, Berlin 1967.

  • Magdalena M. Moeller (Hg.), Karl Schmidt-Rottluff. Der Maler, Ausst.-Kat. Städtische Kunsthalle Düsseldorf / Städtische Kunstsammlungen Chemnitz / Brücke-Museum Berlin , Hatje, Stuttgart 1992.

  • Fundación Juan March, Madrid (Hg.), Schmidt-Rottluff. Colección Brücke-Museum Berlin, Ausst.-Kat. Fundación Juan March, Madrid, Fundación Juan March, Madrid 2000.

  • Magdalena M. Moeller, Tayfun Belgin (Hg.), Karl Schmidt-Rottluff. Ein Maler des 20. Jahrhunderts. Gemälde, Aquarelle und Zeichnungen von 1905 bis 1972, Ausst.-Kat. Museum am Ostwall Dortmund/ Kunsthalle zu Kiel/Museum der Bildenden Künste Leipzig , Hirmer Verlag, München 2001.

  • Munch-museet, Oslo (Hg.), 1905 - 1935 Ekspresjon! Edvard Munch - Tysk og Norsk Kunst i tre Tiar, Ausst.-Kat. Munch-museet, Oslo, 2005.

  • Magdalena M. Moeller (Hg.), Brücke-Museum Berlin, Malerei und Plastik. Kommentiertes Verzeichnis der Bestände, Hirmer Verlag, München 2006.

  • Magdalena M. Moeller (Hg.), Karl Schmidt-Rottluff. Landschaft - Figur - Stilleben, Ausst.-Kat. Brücke-Museum, Berlin, Hirmer Verlag, München 2014.


(Daddypuss Rex)

Wunder... ?

Dear Karl,

Given the unusual context, I’m hoping that we can excuse the formalities and skip straight to the ‘per du’s’. I hope that you are well, wherever and whenever you are. As I sit here, nearly hundred years into the future, existing in a timeline that you could not possibly conceive of, let alone perceive. But then again, maybe you are even light years ahead of me... I cannot know for sure, but I sure do ponder... As I gaze upon this piece, I cannot help but wonder...

I wonder what possessed you to take possession of these bodies... To capture them in this exact moment. To capture them so candidly. I wonder, what was your reasoning and I wonder, what was their raison d’être. Perhaps they were mere items in your colonial re/collection. I wonder what was going through your mind as you focused the lens of your mind’s eye. There is a tenderness here. There is warmth. There is also... something else... is that sadness I can spy with my little eye? Tears rolling down an upturned face and lips cascading down a downturned mouth. I wonder if, at first, you took their picture.

Leica 35mm? Then again, cameras and Freie Körper Kultur don’t tend to go hand in hand... Das ist verboten! So perhaps, this image is from a memory. A memory stored from days and nights and nights and days gone by. Days where bygones were let be... at least from a child’s eye view. There is much that can be said about that which goes over a sad child’s head.

As I gaze upon this piece, I cannot help but wonder... I wonder what it would have been like… I wonder what it would have been like if ours were a family of a different kind, of a different timeline. The kind that instead of bearing witness to a legacy built on the backs of Blacks, a legacy of guilt, of shame and of pain, but rather the kind in which they would be free. Free to live and to love unselfconsciously. Free to beat their chests and to bare their breasts and whatever else that they possess... I guess that would be the litmus test. Perhaps ours would have been the kind in which the mother is loving, gentle and kind and who simply takes the hand of das Kind instead of raising her own to strike! Oh Karl! All the things that could have, would have been... I wonder, if that had indeed been the case, if that would have stopped the rivers of salt from streaming down my face... I cannot know for sure, but I sure do ponder...

All this to say that when I gaze upon this piece, I wonder... aber es ist doch kein Wunder.

(N)ever yours,
Daddypuss Rex

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