Further to my last post about Husum, Germany, I start today the publication of posts on the work of Emil Nolde, one of the most important expressionist painters in the 20th century.
The first part covers seascapes from the North, and the South.
Nolde’s watercolor paintings were produced in high numbers throughout his carrer. He had developed a technique called “wet on wet” soaking the paper with extremely wet brushes.
In 1937 over 1,000 of Nolde’s works were confiscated by the Nazis and later some of them exhibited in the “Degenerate Art” Exhibition in Munich. Nolde withdrew to his home in and started painting the so called “Unpainted Pictures”.
In his depiction of the sea, Nolde was influenced by the British painter Turner. However, Nolde’s seascapes are almost violent, full of energy that flows out f the canvas or paper and grabs your undivided attention!
.”….Nolde sees the Sea devoid of any reference to man, eternally in motion, ever changing….”
Max Sauerlandt, Nolde’s first biographer