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Twilight, 1916, Oil on canvas and Ripe Sunflowers, 1932, Oil on canvas by Emil Nolde. 

Emil Nolde, The Sea III, 1913, Oil on canvas. 

Emil Nolde, The Sea III, 1913, Oil on canvas. 

Emil Nolde, Mask Still-Life III, 1911, Oil on canvas. 
An example of Nolde’s “primitivism.” 

Emil Nolde, Mask Still-Life III, 1911, Oil on canvas. 

An example of Nolde’s “primitivism.” 

Emil Nolde, Legend of Saint Mary in Egypt, Death in the Desert, Oil on canvas.
"I had an infinite number of visions at this time, for wherever I turned my eyes, nature, the sky, the clouds were alive, in each stone, and in the branches of each tree, everywhere, my figures stirred and lived their still or wildly animated life, and they aroused my enthusiasm as well as tormented me with demands that I paint them." 
 

Emil Nolde, Legend of Saint Mary in Egypt, Death in the Desert, Oil on canvas.

"I had an infinite number of visions at this time, for wherever I turned my eyes, nature, the sky, the clouds were alive, in each stone, and in the branches of each tree, everywhere, my figures stirred and lived their still or wildly animated life, and they aroused my enthusiasm as well as tormented me with demands that I paint them." 

 

One of Emil Nolde’s favorite painting subjects: the sea. 
Colored Sky Above the Marais, c. 1940, Watercolor. 

One of Emil Nolde’s favorite painting subjects: the sea. 

Colored Sky Above the Marais, c. 1940, Watercolor. 

Emil Nolde, Hamburg Pier, 1910, Etching and tonal etching, MoMA. 

Emil Nolde, Hamburg Pier, 1910, Etching and tonal etching, MoMA. 

Emil Nolde, The Burial, 1915, Oil on canvas. 

Emil Nolde, The Burial, 1915, Oil on canvas. 

Emil Nolde, The Crucifixion, 1912, Oil on canvas. 
An intense spiritual painting with a combination of a highly expressive manner and coloring with a German Gothic composition. 

Emil Nolde, The Crucifixion, 1912, Oil on canvas. 

An intense spiritual painting with a combination of a highly expressive manner and coloring with a German Gothic composition. 

The German expressionist, Emil Nolde (1867-1956), worked with prints, drawings, and paintings to create rather “primitive” looking works primarily depicting biblical scenes and northern landscapes. 
The Prophet, 1912, Woodcut, MoMa. 

The German expressionist, Emil Nolde (1867-1956), worked with prints, drawings, and paintings to create rather “primitive” looking works primarily depicting biblical scenes and northern landscapes. 

The Prophet, 1912, Woodcut, MoMa. 

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