Monday, September 01, 2008

Emil Nolde

"Amaryllisblüten und Anemonen" detail
Watercolor on Japan paper (47 x 35 cm).

Emil Hassen was born in 1867 and was trained as a woodcutter in Nolde, Germany. He later took the name of his birthplace. In Munich, he studied painting and temporarily associated himself with the rebel art group, Die Brucke (The Bridge), established in 1905 in Dresden. It was Schmidt-Rottluff who saw some paintings Nolde was exhibiting in Dresden, and wrote inviting him to become a member of their group (1907).

"The artist need not know very much; best of all let him work instinctively and paint as naturally as he breathes or walks."

In 1913 Nolde was offered a unique opportunity to expand his horizons. The German Colonial Office invited him to take part in an expedition to the German territories in the South Pacific.

In Switzerland, he met Paul Klee, the two men genuinely admired one another. Nolde once described Klee as 'a falcon soaring in the starry cosmos', and Klee reciprocated by calling him 'the mysterious hand of the lower region'.

In 1947 there were exhibitions in Kiel and Lubeck to celebrate his eightieth birthday, he died a year later.

"There is silver blue, sky blue and thunder blue. Every colour holds within it a soul, which makes me happy or repels me, and which acts as a stimulus. To a person who has no art in him, colours are colours, tones tones...and that is all. All their consequences for the human spirit, which range between heaven to hell, just go unnoticed." (quoted in Nolde-Forbidden Pictures (exhibition catalogue), Marlsborough Fine Art Ltd., London, 1970,p.9)

Het huis van de kunstenaar (The artists home) (2001, 200 pp)
With photographs Amsterdam University Press

Important Litterature:

Emil Nolde, Landschaften: Aquarelle und Zeichnungen. DuMont; 2., erw. und geanderte Ausg edition (1993).

Emil Nolde: unpainted pictures. - Watercolours - 1938-1945 - from the COLLECTION of the NOLDE-STIFTUNG SEEBULL. Hatje Cantz Verlag 2000.

More books on Nolde

The watercolor photograph is property of Masterwatercolors


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