Emil Nolde:
Illustrated Book "My Life" - Nolde Foundation Seebull


Emil Nolde:
Illustrated Book "My Life" - Nolde Foundation Seebull


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Hardcover | 456 pages | Format 23.8 x 17.6 x 4.4 cm (H/W/D)


Emil Nolde: Illustrated Book "My Life" - Nolde Foundation Seebull

Emil Nolde (1867-1956) is the main representative of the expressionism in Germany and is considered the greatest watercolorist of the 20th-century art. Under the influence of neo-impressionistic painting, he distanced himself from the romantic naturalism and found his best means of expression in the watercolors. Some short period of time he belonged to the artistic community "The Bridge" and the Berlin Secession. During the Third Reich, he was considered as "improper" artist got under the painting ban in 1941. In that time he created the immense series of his "Unpainted paintings" which included over 1300 small-format watercolors, that turned into the peak of his creativity.

Only a couple of friends knew that the artist who earned the world fame during his life often used writing as a way of expression. His whole life he addressed to fairy-tales, stories, and aphorisms. The autobiography of the great expressionist was divided into four parts: "The Personal Life. 1867-1902", "Years of Fight. 1902-1914", "World and Motherland. The South Trip 1913-1918" and "Trips, Attention, Freedom. 1919-1946".

The publisher has shortened the text and retained the original flow of events, so the reader develops an unusual closeness to the artist. With the death of his wife Ada in 1946, who accompanied him in hard and good times, the artist finished his records: "In the narratives of my books, I have gone through my life once again. Some things that I would surely forget, I have almost experienced again."

Hardcover. 456 pages. 53 colorful illustrations, 53 s/w illustrations. Format 23.8 x 17.6 x 4.4 cm (H/W/D). Published in DuMont Publishing House.

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German expressionist (1867-1956)

Emil Nolde (born as Hans Emil Hansen, until he named after his birthplace in 1902) is considered to be one of the most important German Expressionists.

He was rejected by the Munich Academy, he went to Paris to continue his studies at the local Académie Julien. Since 1905, lived and worked on the Danish island of ALS and in Berlin and was member of the "bridge". Shortly after Nolde from the artistic community "Bridge" at the end of 1907, he met the Norwegian painter Edvard Munch in Berlin, which his works impressed him. When visiting his friend Hans Fehr in 1908, he began to discover the technique of water-colours for himself and finally virtuosity to implement.

Nolde work includes numerous of watercolour, oil painting, graphics and some sculptures. His designs are characterized with flowers, landscapes, city scenes, religious motives , always in the situation " composed" , but all of the colour here. When Nolde 1927 moved into his stone house "Seebull" in the North Frisian Neunkirchen, he surrounded it with a large garden and provided him with motifs.

It should be difficult years. Noldes position to Nazism research for a long time and has found quite complicated. 48 of his works were in the notorious art exhibition in 1937 "degenerate art " was showed more than 1000 seized and in 1941 he was even a fate the other painter karl schmidt rottluff and sculptor edwin scharff met had imposed. Nolde responded secretly about 1.300 "Unpainted Pictures" created: small-format watercolours, often in a free, experimental forms. It was, not least which established his post-war fame. In 1955 he was represented at the first Documenta, and also on the second in 1959 his work was presented.

Emil Nolde works can be found in the collections of top museums worldwide, including in the Art Institute of Chicago, in the Hermitage art in New York City, in the Berliner Brucke Museum, the Albertina, Vienna and at the art museum in Basel, to name a few.