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Christian Rohlfs, German, (1849–1938)

Creation date: 1911
Creation place: Germany

Other Information

Medium and Support: Oil on canvas
Credit Line: Gift from the Estate of Vance E. Kondon and Liesbeth Giesberger.
Accession Number: 2011.127
Dimensions: 23 3/4 x 20 1/8 in. (60.33 x 51.12 cm)
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A full generation older than most of the other Expressionists, Rohlfs had a traditional artistic training and worked through a series of styles—academic, naturalist, Impressionist, and Neo-Impressionist—before finally turning to an Expressionist style after exposure to the works of Munch, Nolde, and Van Gogh. The thick, choppy strokes of paint in this canvas are obviously related to Van Gogh’s painting style, although the interest in the nude, the tightly cropped composition, and the bright color palette reveal Rohlfs’s interest in his younger German contemporaries.
Last Updated: 7/26/2021

Exhibition

This object was included in the following exhibitions:

Early 20th Century German Art from the Vance E. Kondon Collection , 1/28/1984 - 3/11/1984

The Human Beast San Diego Museum of Art , 7/21/2012 - 11/11/2012

Expressionism in Germany and France: From Van Gogh to Kandinsky Los Angeles County Museum of Art , 6/8/2014 - 9/14/2014

Van Gogh to Kandinsky: Expressionism to Impressionism, 1900-1914 , 10/11/2014 - 1/25/2015

German Expressionism San Diego Museum of Art , 7/23/2016 - 00/00/00

Bibliography

This object has the following bibliographic references:

Mr. Steven L. Brezzo and Ida Katherine Rigby. Early 20th Century German Art from the Vance E. Kondon Collection San Diego Museum of Art.
Page Number: 12

Timothy O. Benson and Peter Kropmanns. Expressionism in Germany and France: From Van Gogh to Kandinsky LACMA and Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. Germany, 2014
Page Number: 216, Figure Number: 135


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