German painter, born in Munich. He was self-taught as an artist; in his early years he worked as a baker's apprentice and a labourer and for a time he led a wandering life in Italy. His early paintings were Expressionist, but after revisiting Italy in 1922 his style became much more classical. He painted in the precise, detailed manner associated with the Magic Realist vein of Neue Sachlichkeit, but his subjects were mainly calm and gentle (women, children, animals, landscapes) and his forms were smoothly rounded. ‘Some of his pictures exude simplicity and a quiet grandeur; others are much too insipid, for something of the amateur painter remained in this sincere man. His naive insights often hit the nail on the head, and at the time he was particularly popular with the complicated intellectual’ (Roh). From 1926 to 1933 Schrimpf taught at the School of Applied Art, Munich, and later at the Schöneberg Academy, Berlin.
From A Dictionary of Modern and Contemporary Art in Oxford Reference.