Friday, September 23, 2011

Emil Nolde - Do You Love Him?

One of my very favorite artists from the old art school days.  Emil Nolde.  I love how he was able to get such intensity of color and form from watercolors which are usually used in rather more sedate styles.  He is may be less popular in the mainstream these days because of his emphatic support of Nazi philosophy.  He was, however, very publicly rejected and condemned by the Nazi regime for producing "Degenerate" art.  Accordingly, he was prohibited from making art when the Nazis were in power, but succeeded in making these beautiful watercolors in secret.  He was a huge admirer of Vincent Van Gogh, with whom he shared similar humble beginnings.  Someone gave me some sunflowers this week.  They have such energy, no?  They do still look just a little like this:

(So beautiful, isn't it?)  Hey, have a great weekend everybody!


  1. I love his work too! have a nice weekend!

  2. Wow...
    this is such a beautifully saturated watercolour ... enjoyed your tale of the life and times of this wonderful artist...I've seen works of his I really like.
    Enjoy your weekend
    ps thanks so much for that contact ... more soon!

  3. Je découvre Emil Nolde grace à toi. cet aquarelle est vraiment très belle...pleine de soleil. Bon WE