Monday, August 7, 2017

Today's birthday. Emil Nolde

August 07, 2017. Emil Nolde (7 August 1867 - 13 April 1956) was a German painter and printmaker. He was one of the first Expressionists, a member of Die Brücke, and is considered to be one of the great oil painting and watercolour painters of the 20th century. He is known for his vigorous brushwork and expressive choice of colors. Golden yellows and deep reds appear frequently in his work, giving a luminous quality to otherwise somber tones. His watercolors include vivid, brooding storm-scapes and brilliant florals. In this image: Members of the media take a look at some of the paintings by German artist Emil Nolde presented at the Grand Palais in Paris, Wednesday Sept. 24, 2008. Painting at left is: Leute Im Dortkrug, (At the Village Hotel).

Emil Nolde added a special, mystical dimension to German Expressionism, and his career illustrates a number of the moral dilemmas which faced German Modernists of the first generation, since his instincts were nationalist and conservative even though his art was regarded as experimental.

His real name was not Nolde but Hansen; his parents were Frisian peasants. He was born in 1867 and grew up on the farm which had belonged to his mother's family for nine generations. Even as a boy Nolde was different from his three brothers: he drew, modelled and painted, and covered boards and barn doors with drawings in chalk. Some aspects of the family background, however, affected him deeply. The family were Protestants, steeped in religion, and in his youth Nolde read the Bible a great deal - its images were to return to him later in life.  More at...

1 comment:

Carla Ives said...

Emil Nolde is another new artist for me. I absolutely adore the intense, saturated colors on his flowers! My favorite of all the pieces displayed here is the one with the sunflowers and the purple flowers together, but the piece that is just sunflowers is striking, too.