16 November 2007

Emil Nolde

Emil Nolde was briefly a member of the groundbreaking secessionist art group Die Brucke in 1906-07. Though his instincts were nationalist and conservative, his art was experimental.

His later pieces tended to focus on landscapes, but his early work reflected his fervent Protestant faith, revolving around the life of Christ and various saints. Hitler banned his artwork, along with that of other German expressionists, as "degenerate", but Nolde continued secretly to paint watercolors. He was later reinstated and given the German Order of Merit.

The Prophet, 1912, Woodcut

The Mocking of Christ, 1909, Oil on canvas

The Crucifixion, 1912, Oil on canvas

Christ and the Children, 1910, Oil on canvas