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Emil Nolde

German, 1867–1956

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Emil Nolde

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German, 1867–1956

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A wood carver and draftsman, Emil Nolde studied arts and crafts early on and eventually took up painting and printmaking as a full time profession at the age of 31. His intensely colored, gestural oil paintings of urban nightlife, biblical scenes, flower motifs, and landscapes are considered among the best examples of German Expressionism and admired for their intense psychological power. Traces of Primitivism are evident in his incorporation of exotic figures and masks, especially in his later watercolors inspired by a journey to the South Pacific. Likewise, among Die Brücke, a group of German Expressionists with whom he was associated, Nolde was considered the preeminent intaglio printmaker. He achieved rich tonal effects and textural results with a unique treatment of the copper plate.

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Represented by industry leading galleries.
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High auction record
$7m, Christie's, 2020
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Solo show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 2 more
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Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 14 more
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Collected by a major institution
Tate, and 1 more
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Reviewed by a major art publication
frieze, and 2 more
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Included in a major biennial
Venice Biennale National Pavilion, and 2 more
Biography

A wood carver and draftsman, Emil Nolde studied arts and crafts early on and eventually took up painting and printmaking as a full time profession at the age of 31. His intensely colored, gestural oil paintings of urban nightlife, biblical scenes, flower motifs, and landscapes are considered among the best examples of German Expressionism and admired for their intense psychological power. Traces of Primitivism are evident in his incorporation of exotic figures and masks, especially in his later watercolors inspired by a journey to the South Pacific. Likewise, among Die Brücke, a group of German Expressionists with whom he was associated, Nolde was considered the preeminent intaglio printmaker. He achieved rich tonal effects and textural results with a unique treatment of the copper plate.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Established
Established representation
Represented by industry leading galleries.
Auction
High auction record
$7m, Christie's, 2020
User
Solo show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 2 more
Group
Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 14 more
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Tate, and 1 more
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
frieze, and 2 more
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Venice Biennale National Pavilion, and 2 more
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5 German Artists You Should Know, on View in Galerie Thomas’s Art Basel Booth
Jun 11th, 2014
5 German Artists You Should Know, on View in Galerie Thomas’s Art Basel Booth
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