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Emil Nolde: In Radiance and Colour

written by Agnes Husslein-Arco, Stephen Koja

Hirmer Publishers | ISBN 9783777421896

Hardback – 312 pages


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As a Socialist whose watercolours were at first collected by Goebbels, Nolde was stunned that his work was declared 'degenerate' by the Nazi regime. He had even been proposed as president of the new Reich Chamber of the Visual Arts until Hitler intervened. Over 1,000 of the 21,000 works banned by the regime, were by Nolde. He refused to leave Germany and moved to Seebüll near the Danish border and began to paint in secret. As the Gestapo still visited him he left his 'Unpainted Pictures' with neighbours. They were nearly all watercolours. Large Poppies was one of the very few oils he painted for fear of the smell being in the house when inspected. Now forced to paint in a secret room, his images were full of imagination, 'a deep inner glow and vibrancy of colour', and are now considered the finest of his late work. 347 colour illustrations.

Artist: Emil Nolde

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