5 German Artists You Should Know, on View in Galerie Thomas’s Art Basel Booth
EMIL NOLDE 1867-1956
Nolde 1867 - 1956 Seebüll (German)
Title: Death as a Dancer | Der Tod als Tänzerin, 1918
Technique: Original Hand Signed and Titled Etching and Aquatint on Van Gelder Wove Paper
Paper size: 61 x 45.5 cm. / 24 x 17.9 in.
Image size: 21 x 26.5 cm. / 8.3 x 10.4 in.
Additional Information: This original etching and aquatint is hand signed in pencil by the artist "Emil Nolde" at the lower right margin.
It is also titled “Der Tod als Tänzerin” [Death as a Dancer] in the lower margin.
This rare and important etching is one of only approximately 18 impressions printed in the second and final state.
The paper bears the Van Gelder Zonen watermark in the lower left margin.
Note: Another impression of this rare subject is held in the collection of Los Angeles County Museum of Art, California
Acquired directly from the artist
Collection of Hermann Münchhausen (1866 – circa 1945), Schleswig-Holstein and Berlin
by descent to the present owner
Literature: Schiefler, G., Mosel, C. & Urban, M.(1995). Emil Nolde : das graphische Werk. Cologne: M. DuMont Schauberg.
Reference: Schiefler, Mosel & Urban 200 II (of II)
Condition: Very good condition. Very soft handling creases in the upper and lower margin. Minor areas of foxing in the left and right margins.
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.
German, 1867-1956, Nolde, South Jutland, Denmark