A world apart—a universe, even a lifetime apart—from the
brilliant oils of his Die Brücke period (JAMA cover, May 13, 1998)
are the watercolors Karl Schmidt-Rottluff (1884-1976) painted during the 1930s,
more than two decades after the group he had helped to found was disbanded.
Not only was his medium different: so were the subjects, colors, even the
style. Each had changed dramatically. Craggy mountains yielded to small, intimate
ponds; harsh, sharply contrasting colors were muted to neutral earth tones;
and the style, though still expressive of strong emotion, became less intimidating,
less grand, more inviting than the earlier oils. Majesty and monumentality
remain, but they now belong to humbler objects. Water Lilies
(cover ), painted in 1934, is typical
of these watercolors.
Southgate MT. Water Lilies. JAMA. 2003;289(16):2031. doi:10.1001/jama.289.16.2031