He is known for his brushwork and expressive choice of colors. Golden yellows and deep reds appear frequently in his work, giving a luminous quality to otherwise somber tones.
See Article History Alternative Title: Born of a peasant family, the youthful Nolde made his living as a wood-carver. He was able to study art formally only when some of his early works were reproduced and sold as postcards.
In Paris Nolde began to paint works that bear a superficial affinity to Impressionistic painting. Maria Aegypticain which the erotic frenzy of the figures and the demonic, masklike faces are rendered with deliberately crude draftsmanship and dissonant colours.
During and Nolde was a member of an ethnological expedition that reached the East Indies. There he was impressed with the power of unsophisticated belief, as is evident in his lithograph Dancer His almost mystical affinity for the brooding terrain led to such works as his Marsh Landscapein which the low horizon, dominated by dark clouds, creates a majestic sense of space.
Landscapes done after were generally of a cooler tonality than his early works.
But his masterful realizations of flowers retain the brilliant colours of his earlier works. He was a prolific graphic artist especially noted for the stark black-and-white effect that he employed in crudely incised woodcuts. After World War II he resumed painting but often merely reworked older themes.
His last self-portrait retains his vigorous brushwork but reveals the disillusioned withdrawal of the artist in his 80th year.
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A painter, printmaker and watercolourist, Emil Nolde () was one of the pre-eminent German Expressionist artists of the first half of the twentieth century.