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Karl Schmidt-Rottluff (1884-1976) and Ernst Ludwig Kirchner (1880-1938)

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Karl Schmidt-Rottluff (1884-1976) and Ernst Ludwig Kirchner (1880-1938)

Brücke Portfolio 1909 (Dube 706; Schapire 9, 56, 57)

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Karl Schmidt-Rottluff (1884-1976) and Ernst Ludwig Kirchner (1880-1938) Brücke Portfolio 1909 (Dube 706; Schapire 9, 56, 57) the extremely rare complete portfolio comprising two lithographs and one etching by Schmidt-Rottluff and the cover woodcut by Kirchner printed in brick red, 1909, on wove paper, the prints by Schmidt-Rottluff all signed in pencil, published by the Künstlervereinigung Brücke, Dresden, 1909, in an edition of unknown size, the full sheets, some pale staining and few short tears, nicks and creases at the sheet edges, otherwise in good condition 557 x 415 mm. (overall) (4)
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The portfolios of the Künstlervereinigung Brücke were issued annually for the so-called 'passive members'; patrons, collectors and friends of the group, who for a fee of 12 marks (later increased to 25 marks) received a membership card, one portfolio of prints each year and a newsletter. By the time the group split up in 1913, there were 68 such 'passive members'.

The present, fourth portfolio from 1909 was the first dedicated to a single artist and the first one with a printed paper wrapper, which from then on was traditionally designed by a fellow member, in this case Kirchner.

The portfolio includes:
Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Umschlag der IV. Jahresmappe der Künstlergruppe Brücke 1909 (Dube 706), woodcut, 1909.
Karl Schmidt-Rottluff, Bildnis Erich Heckel (Schapire 56), lithograph, 1909.
Karl Schmidt-Rottluff, Berliner Strasse in Dresden (Schapire 57), lithograph, 1909.
Karl Schmidt-Rottluff, Altdresdner Häuser (Schapire 9), etching, 1909.

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