Emil Nolde  (German, 1867-1956) 

Emil Nolde (German, August 7, 1867–April 13, 1956) was a painter and printmaker. He was born close to the German-Danish border, near the village of Nolde, under the birth name of Emil Hansen. His parents were Frisian and Danish peasants. Nolde was known for his bold choice of colors and dynamic brushwork. He is considered to be one of the first Expressionists. As a young adult, he worked in furniture factories, and did woodcarving and craftsman work. In 1889, the artist entered the School of Applied Arts in Karlsruhe, and became a drawing teacher in Switzerland. In his childhood years, he had a passion for drawing and painting, but he did not pursue a career as an artist until he was 31. In 1898, Nolde was turned down by the Munich Academy of Fine Arts. His rejection motivated him to hone his skills as an artist; he took painting and drawing classes for the next three years. During this time, Nolde often visited Paris, and he became familiar with the Impressionist Art culture that existed at that time. In 1902, he married actress Ada Vilstrup and relocated to Berlin. Shortly after moving, Nolde met art collector Gustav Schiefler (German, 1857–1935) and artist Karl Schmidt-Rottluff (German, 1884–1976). Later in life, both of these men were instrumental in advocating Nolde's work.

In the early 1920s, Nolde became a supporter and member of the Danish section of the Nazi Party. Unfortunately for Nolde, Hitler did not agree with his style of art and eventually condemned his work. Because of his condemnation by the Nazi Party, 1,052 pieces of Nolde's work were removed from museums and art galleries. After the removal of his work, the Nazi Party forbade him to paint in both public and private spaces. In spite of this, Nolde created hundreds of watercolor paintings in what he called the Unpainted Pictures series. Some of his other famous paintings include Portrait of a Young Woman and a Child (1926), Prophet (1921), and Young Couple (1913).

The artist’s work has been exhibited in many art galleries and museums, including the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia, and the Museum of Modern Art in New York, NY. Nolde died on April 13, 1956.

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Emil Nolde, Tulpen


Emil Nolde
circa 1940

Connaught Brown
Emil Nolde, Phantasie (Drei Köpfe)


Emil Nolde
Phantasie (Drei Köpfe)

Beck & Eggeling
Emil Nolde, Stehendes Mädchen


Emil Nolde
Stehendes Mädchen

Beck & Eggeling
Emil Nolde, Leopard


Emil Nolde
circa 1923-1924

Le Claire Kunst
Emil Nolde, Der Tod als Tänzerin


Emil Nolde
Der Tod als Tänzerin

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Emil Nolde, Dampfer und Boot


Emil Nolde
Dampfer und Boot

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Emil Nolde, Küstenlandschaft mit Segelbooten


Emil Nolde
Küstenlandschaft mit Segelbooten
Galerie Utermann
Emil Nolde, Düsterer Männerkopf (Selbstbildnis)


Emil Nolde
Düsterer Männerkopf (Selbstbildnis)

Galerie Nierendorf
Emil Nolde, Prophetenkopf


Emil Nolde
circa 1912

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Emil Nolde, Annemie


Emil Nolde
Annemie, 1909
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Emil Nolde, Hamburg, Landungsbrücke


Emil Nolde
Hamburg, Landungsbrücke, 1910


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Emil Nolde, Fischdampfer


Emil Nolde
Fischdampfer, 1910


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1867   Born: in Nolde, North Schleswig, Germany as Emil Hansen on August 7th
1884 - 1888   Had an apprenticeship as a wood carver and furniture designer in Flensburg
1892 - 1898   Taught industrial drawing at the Gewerbemuseum
1899   Went to Dachau to become Adolf Hölzel’s pupil
1906   Briefly joined a group of painters called ‘Die Brücke’
1909   First attempted to paint using watercolors on non-absorbent paper
1939 - 1945   Painted his ‘unpainted paintings’ in Seebüll
1956   Died: in Seebüll, Germany on April 13th
2012   Max Liebermann und Emil Nolde. Gartenbilder, Liebermann Villa am Wannsee, Germany
2011   Die unbekannte Sammlung - Klassiker der Kunsthalle Bielefeld, Kunsthalle Bielefeld, Germany
2008   Emil Nolde. Begegnung mit dem Nordischen, Kunsthalle Bielefeld, Bielefeld
2007   Emil Nolde. Die Bergpostkarten, Museumberg Flensburg, Flensburg
2006   Emile Nolde, Mie Prefectural Art Museum, Tsu City
1996   Emil Nolde--Christian Rohlfs, Galerie St. Etienne New York
1995   Emil Nolde: The Painter's Prints, Boston Museum of Fine Arts Boston, MA
1991   Degenerate Art: The Fate of the Avant-Garde in Nazi GermaNew York, Los Angeles County Museum of Art Los Angeles, CA
1988   Emil Nolde in Berlin, Brücke Museum Berlin, Germany
1985   German Art of the 20th Century, Royal Academy of Art London, England
1980   Expressionism: A German Intuition, Guggenheim Museum New York, NY
1963   Emil Nolde, Museum of Modern Art New York, NY
1957   Emil Nolde: Memorial Exhibition, Kunstverein Hamburg
1948   Emil Nolde, Kestner-Gesellschaft Hanover
1948   Die Brücke, Kunsthalle Bern
1946   Emil Nolde, Hamburg
1939   (First American one-man show), Buchholz Gallery New York
1937   Degenerate Art, Circulated by Nazis
1931   German Painting and Sculpture, Museum of Modern Art New York, NY
1927   Emil Nolde, Dresden, Hamburg, Kiel, Essen, Wiesbaden
1912   Second exhibition of the Blaue Reiter, Munich, Germany
1912   Sonderbund Exhibition, Cologne, Germany
1908   Emil Nolde, Galerie Paul Cassirer Berlin, Germany
1905   Emil Nolde, Galerie Ernst Arnold Dresden, Germany
1905   Berlin Secession, Berlin, Germany