Blühende Kakteen. Um 1925. Watercolor and brush drawing. Signed in lower right. Verso titled. On strong laid paper. 69.5 x 49.5 cm (27.3 x 19.4 in) , the full sheet.
Splendid watercolor in fresh colors.
PROVENANCE: Elsa Delbanco, Hamburg/London. Private collection Switzerland. Galerie Aubry, Morges, Switzerland (verso with label). Villa Grisebach auction 122, November 2004, cat no. 58 (with color illu.) (verso with a label). Acquired from previous owner in aforementioned auction (Lower Saxon private collection).
EXHIBITION: Schmidt-Rottluff. Aquarelle aus den Jahren 1909-1969. 55. BAT Exhibitio, Hamburg 1974, cat. no. 70, illu. 149. On Occasion of Karl Schmidt-Rottluff's 100th Brithday. Special exhibition at Schleswig Holsteinisches Landesmusem, Schloß Gottdorf, June 3 - August 12, 1984, cat. no. 108 with illu. in black and white (with label on rear of frame).
LITERATURE: Gerhard Wietek, Schmidt-Rottluff in Hamburg und Schleswig-Holstein, 1984, illu. plate 21. Christiane Remm/Magdalena M. Moeller, Karl-Schmidt-Rottluff, Aquarelle, 2011, p. 45, illu. 39. "Schmidt-Rottluff used the emotional power of the wet-in-wet technique to add permanent magic to the flowers' natural proccess of flowering and whithering. Schmidt-Rottluff expressed his joy in blossomig cacti [..] in pictures characterized by a high degree of concentration and virility." Christine Reem, quote from: Schmidt-Rottluff, Aquarelle, 2011, p. 42