Emil Nolde:
Sculpture "Burmese Dancer" (1914), bronze partially gold-plated
Emil Nolde:
Sculpture "Burmese Dancer" (1914), bronze partially gold-plated

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ars mundi Exclusive Edition | limited, 980 copies | numbered | signature | foundry hallmark | certificate | bronze partially gold-plated | original size | size 8.5 x 28 x 4 cm (w/h/d)

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Sculpture "Burmese Dancer" (1914), bronze partially gold-plated
Emil Nolde: Sculpture "Burmese Dancer" (1914), bronze par...

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Sculpture "Burmese Dancer" (1914), bronze partially gold-plated

Only available worldwide at ars mundi: Emil Nolde's Burmese Dancer.

It must have been a great adventure for Emil Nolde, who grew up on a farm: from early October 1913 until the summer of 1914, he accompanied the "Medical-Demographic Expedition to German New Guinea". His art focused entirely on the people. Nolde drew and watercoloured them and was fascinated by their rituals. On the island of Java, he was able to attend a royal festival. The trained woodcarver was so impressed by the dancers and their performance, which was controlled down to the smallest movement, that he devoted himself to capturing their grace in figures made of firewood from the ship's galley during his journeys.

Emil Nolde's love and admiration for the indigenous people of the countries he travelled through are reflected in the beauty of the Burmese dancer. He attended a dance performance of a unique kind and, looking back, recorded what he saw in his memoirs. This dance fascinated Nolde so much that he took up a carving knife and sculpted the graceful dancer out of a piece of firewood. The tiny dancer's eyes are particularly striking; she is the only figure from Nolde's hand to wear sparkling garnets. I am very pleased that, after the Java Dancer, now the enchanting Burmese Dancer has been reproduced to reveal the largely unknown facet of Nolde's work. This sculpture of outstanding quality is available for a chosen audience. (Dr Christian Ring, Director of the Foundation Seebüll Ada and Emil Nolde)

Sculpture in fine bronze, cast using the Lost-Wax-Process, chiselled by hand, polished and patinated. Directly cast from the original, reproduced in the original size. 24-carat partially gold-plated. Eyes with red garnets. Limited edition of 980 copies, numbered and signed and with the foundry hallmark. Published in cooperation with the Nolde Foundation Seebüll. With numbered certificate of authenticity and limitation. Size 8.5 x 28 x 4 cm (w/h/d). ars mundi Exclusive Edition.

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.

Difficult years were to follow. Nolde's position on National Socialism was, as research has long-established, quite complicated. The fact remains: more than 1,000 of his works were confiscated and removed from museums, 48 of his works were exhibited in the infamous "Entartete Kunst" ("Degenerate Art") exhibition in 1937, and in 1941 he was even banned from working - a fate that otherwise only befell the painter Karl Schmidt-Rottluff and the sculptor Edwin Scharff. Nolde reacted by secretly creating about 1,300 "unpainted pictures": small-format watercolours, often in experimental colour composition. This established his post-war fame. In 1955, the works of the 84-year-old were exhibited at the first documenta, and also, after his death, at the second one in 1959.

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.

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