The AMAM's spacious Sculpture Court houses more than than 50 paintings and sculptures spanning the 19th and early 20th centuries, providing visitors with a survey of the most important movements and styles in European and American art during that time. These include the Barbizon and Hudson River Schools, French and American Impressionism, German Expressionism, Fauvism, Cubism and Abstract Expressionism. The AMAM's German Expressionist works are especially strong. Karl Schmidt-Rottluff's Footpath (Parkweg) of 1911 employs many characteristics of such works: bold simplification of forms, elimination of detail, an emphatically flat picture surface, primary colors and strong outlines. The summer of 1911 saw a prolonged heatwave in Germany and the painting's shades of red and yellow likely reflect the artist's perception of its effects, for as he wrote to a friend upon his return after a month in Norway, he found the land to look "disconsolate, like November, and all grass red-yellow."
Karl Schmidt-Rottluff (German, 1884 - 1976)
Footpath (Parkweg), 1911
Oil on canvas
Gift of the estate of W. R. Valentiner, 1964.38