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Emil Nolde

Leuchtende Sonnenblumen

oil on canvas
1950
68,5 x 89 cm / 27 x 35 in.
sigend lower right verso signed and titled on the stretcher

The painting “Glowing Sunflowers” shows eight blossoms in very different forms. No two are the same, they differ significantly in size and colour. The only thing they have in common is that they are turning towards the viewer, as if wanting to start a silent dialogue as subjects. Nolde has placed shadow zones over some flowers and the colour varies within each flower. The dark brown flower baskets are also individually constructed. The cold-coloured background is formed by the green tones of the leaves and the diffuse blue sky. The narrow image section makes the immediate surroundings unrecognizable and locationless. Nothing should distract from the red-orange flowers, nothing should interfere with the dialogue between man and nature. Nolde once wrote about his flower pictures: ‘These pictures should not be pleasant, nice entertainment, no, I would like so much that they are more, that they lift and move and give the viewer a perfect sound of life and human being.’ Provenance available

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