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Autumn in MilanHermann Schmidtmann, 1936

There’s little information available about the 20th century artist Hermann Schmidtmann, but it’s evident that he was adept at applying his paint in an expressive and bold style, and also at capturing the liveliness of everyday life. This painting depicts a bustling, light-filled street in Milan, Italy. It was painted in or before 1936.


By Hermann Schmidtmann (1869–1936) (Van Ham Kunstauktionen) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Wrap Up Your Painting

  • What caught your eye immediately about the painting?
  • How did you describe the character of the built environment to yourself?
  • How did the air smell, in your imagination?
  • Did you think the person you focused on was affluent or not? How could you tell?
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Wrap Up Your Painting

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  • What did you think of the style of the painting?
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  • Where did you put yourself, in the painting?
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