Emil Nolde:
Picture "Sea with Two Small Steamships (red, blue and green)", black and golden framed version
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Picture "Sea with Two Small Steamships (red, blue and green)", black and golden framed version
Emil Nolde:
Picture "Sea with Two Small Steamships (red, blue and green)", black and golden framed version

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ars mundi Exclusive Edition | limited, 199 copies | numbered | certificate | reproduction, Giclée print on Hahnemühle handmade paper watercolour | framed | passe-partout | glazed | size approx. 57 x 69 cm (h/w)

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Picture "Sea with Two Small Steamships (red, blue and green)", black and golden framed version

"Colours were my happiness, and to me, it seemed as though they loved my hands." Emil Nolde described his art with these words. After arduous beginnings, his art was to make him one of the most important painters of the 20th century.

Not only the use of bright, luminous colours characterises his works on canvas, but maybe, even more, his famous watercolours. Nolde is considered a "magician" who intuitively understood how to lend his motifs an expressive colour dramaturgy of great emotional impact. This watercolour - especially emphasised by the title "red, blue and green" - places the depicted motif and the chosen colour composition on an equal footing. Thus, Nolde proves to be a highly modern artist, who was ahead of his time because his works were perceived as avant-garde and groundbreaking in post-war Germany (and consequently a selection of Nolde's works was prominently represented at each of the first three documenta exhibitions - 1955, 1959 and 1964).

High-quality Fine Art Giclée museum edition in original size, pigment colours on Hahnemühle genuine handmade watercolour paper. Limited edition of 199 copies, numbered, with certificate. Motif size approx. 35 x 46,5 cm (h/w). Sheet size approx. 51 x 62,5 cm (h/w). Glazed and framed in high-quality black and golden solid wood frame with passe-partout. Size approx. 57 x 69 cm (h/w). ars mundi Exclusive Edition, published in cooperation with the Nolde Foundation Seebüll. © 2020 Nolde Foundation Seebüll.

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About Emil Nolde

1867-1956 - German Expressionist

Emil Nolde was born as Hans Emil Hansen and named himself after his birthplace in 1902. Nolde is considered one of the most important German Expressionists. When he was rejected by the Munich Academy of Fine Arts, he moved to Paris to study at the Académie Julien. Starting in 1905 he lived and worked on the Danish island of Alsen and in Berlin and was a member of the revolutionary expressionist group "Die Brücke" (The Bridge) for a short time and of the Berlin Secession.

Shortly after Nolde left the artists' association "Die Brücke" at the end of 1907, he met the Norwegian painter Edvard Munch in Berlin, whose work impressed him greatly. During the visit of his friend Hans Fehr in 1908, he began to discover the technique of watercolour painting and finally how to realise it with virtuosity.

Today, Nolde's oeuvre includes numerous watercolour works, oil paintings, graphic works and several sculptures. His intensive use of colour is characteristic. Although the artist always remained figurative in his motifs (e.g. landscapes, flowers, city scenes, religious motifs), he "composed" his pictures entirely from colour. When Nolde moved into his brick house "Seebüll" in Neukirchen in northern Germany in 1927, he surrounded it with a large garden that offered him motifs in abundance.

Research had long noted that Nolde's position on National Socialism was problematic. His exclusion from the Reich Chamber of Fine Arts was associated with a ban on exhibitions, sales and publications. Nolde repeatedly sought rehabilitation and recognition as a state artist. However, he was denied this right up until the end. His painting was simply not formally compatible with the ideas of the Nazis.

At the opening of the infamous exhibition "Degenerate Art", 48 of his works were shown, and more than 1000 works were confiscated. However, due to his contacts, Nolde was able to retrieve a large part of these works.

Despite his active adherence to the system, he was banned from working from 1941 on. However, his ban didn't include a general ban on painting, as was often reported later. During the war, he produced more than 1000 of the so-called "unpainted pictures" in the privacy of his home. The term originally referred to the function of these small-format watercolours as studies and preliminary sketches that were not turned into large paintings. After 1945, these undoubtedly artistically charming pieces and their naming contributed to the mystification of Nolde as a persecuted artist.

Despite the contradictory ideological positions of Nolde as a person, the artistic value of his work remains undisputed to this day. The way Nolde manages to let the colour of an oil painting or aquarelle glow from within is unrivalled.

Works by Emil Nolde can be found in the collections of high-ranking museums worldwide, including the Art Institute in Chicago, the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, the Brücke Museum in Berlin, the Albertina in Vienna and the Kunstmuseum in Basel, etc. Moreover, foundations have been established in his honour in Seebüll and Berlin.