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Emil Nolde

Young Prince and Dancers

etching on laid paper
1918
26 x 21,4 cm Darst. / 56,5 x 45 cm Blatt / 10 1/4 x 8 5/8 in
signed lower right, inscribed 'Herr u Tänzerinnen' lower centre and 'I.1' lower left edition of 11

Nolde created the present etching in 1918, after he and Ada had returned from the adventurous „Medical-demographic German New Guinea Expedition“ of the Imperial Colonial Department. There he had found the nativeness of the people, which he had sought, but also the downside of colonialism. Many of the works created there were lost in the turmoil of Worl War I. But the impressions from the journey had made a great impression on the artist and for years he created works documenting what he saw and experienced. From 1905 on, Nolde had devoted himself to the printing technique of etching and had achieved true mastery. The delicate tone of the dry point etching emphasizes the graceful bodies and the naturalness of the people and the majesty of the young prince. When he created prints, Nolde worked as he did as the painter he was, to him there was no difference: „The print should be created with the same love and devotion as the paintings“. The first owner of the print, Gustav Schiefler (1857-1935), was a judge in Hamburg. He met Emil Nolde in 1906, became a passive member of the artist group „Brücke“ and compiled the catalogue raisonné of Nolde’s prints. Provenance available

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