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Emil Nolde (1867-1956) | Flowers


German-Danish painter and printmaker Emil Nolde was one of the first Expressionists, a member of Die Brücke (The Bridge) of Dresden in 1906, and was one of the first oil painting and watercolor painters of the early 20th century to explore color.
On an ethnological expedition to the East Indies 1913-14, he was impressed by the power of the art he saw there. Back in Europe, he produced brooding landscapes and colourful flowers.
As a printmaker he was noted especially for the stark black-and-white effect of his crudely incised woodcuts.
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. His watercolors include vivid, brooding storm-scapes and brilliant florals.



Nolde's intense preoccupation with the subject of flowers reflected his interest in the art of Vincent van Gogh.
He was a member of the Berlin Secession from 1908-1910, but was then excluded owing to a disagreement with the leadership.
He exhibited with Kandinsky's Munich-based group Der Blaue Reiter (The Blue Rider) in 1912; by this time he had achieved some fame, and was able to support himself through his art.


























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