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Emil Nolde

Nolde, Schleswig 1867 - 1956 Seebüll

Emil Nolde was one of the leading German Expressionists and best colourists and watercolour painters of the 20th century. Especially flower motifs triggered his fantasy. But coastal landscapes and religious motifs also often occur in his pictures. As Nolde was greatly interested in primitivism and had journeyed the South Seas, exotic motifs and mask images also found their way into his works. Briefly, Nolde was a member of the Berlin Secession and 'Die Brücke'. In 1927, the Noldes moved to Seebüll, where Nolde designed and built a house and a studio building. Defamed by the National Socialists, Nolde's works were shown at the exhibition 'Entartete Kunst', and in 1941, he was banned from exercizing his profession. Secretly, he continued painting small watercolours which he labelled 'Ungemalte Bilder' ['Unpainted Pictures']. After the war, Nolde lived and worked in Seebüll until his death in 1956; his house and gardens are now part of the Ada und Emil Nolde Foundation in Seebüll.

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