Emil Nolde:
Picture "Summer Flowers", black and golden framed version
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Picture "Summer Flowers", black and golden framed version
Emil Nolde:
Picture "Summer Flowers", black and golden framed version

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ars mundi Exclusive Edition | limited, 199 copies | numbered | certificate | reproduction, Giclée on Hahnemühle handmade watercolour paper | framed | passe-partout | glazed | size approx. 56 x 68 cm (h/w)

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Picture "Summer Flowers", black and golden framed version

"Emil Nolde is indisputably the great colour magician among the Expressionist artists. He achieved a somnambulistic certainty in the formal design and handling of colours with his watercolour paintings. Nolde freely applied them to the paper in a pure and luminous manner with almost unattainable virtuosity. In this way, he found colour as the means of expression in his art.
Nolde was the first artist to elevate the watercolour to a fully-fledged work of art. In doing so, he shaped the development of modern German art right up to the present day. Particularly their radiant luminosity captivates the viewer and touches the emotions. I am therefore delighted, that this enchanting watercolour has now been reproduced in outstanding quality for a select number of people." (Dr Christian Ring, Director of the Nolde Foundation in Seebüll)

Picture "Summer Flowers":
Wherever they lived, Emil and Ada Noldea always planted a garden. They also transformed the lawn around their house in Seebüll into a blooming paradise at great expense. "The colours of the flowers magnetised me irresistibly ... the purity of these colours, I loved them," he is quoted by the Nolde Foundation Seebüll, which ensures that irises, delphiniums, Turkish poppies, cranesbills, lupins and much more bloom here from April to October.

Original: watercolour on handmade paper, 34.5 x 46 cm.
High-quality Fine Art Giclée museum edition reproduced in original size, pigment colours on Hahnemühle genuine handmade watercolour paper. Limited edition of 199 copies, numbered with certificate. Motif size approx. 34,5 x 46 cm (h/w). Sheet size approx. 49.5 x 61 cm (h/w). Dust-proof glazed and framed in a noble black and golden solid wood frame with passe-partout. Size approx. 56 x 68 cm (h/w). ars mundi Exclusive Edition, published in cooperation with the Nolde Foundation Seebüll. © Nolde Foundation Seebüll

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Portrait of the artist Emil Nolde

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.