General Aide, Portfolio: Fairy Tails. 1906. Fairy Tails. Woodcut
Emil Nolde was a Danish-born artist who spent much of his professional life in Germany. Nolde moved to Germany in the 1880s to study woodcarving, illustration and drawing. In 1902, Nolde moved to Berlin where he joined prominent art groups like Die Brücke and the Berlin Secession. In 1912, Nolde exhibited with Der Bleue Reiter, alongside Kandinsky.
Despite early signs of recognition, Nolde’s career suffered during World War II. Nolde was forced to work in private and could not show his works publically. After the work Nolde’s reputation was restored.
The Prophet. 1912. Woodcut
As a printmaker, Nolde excelled in woodcut, creating work in the German Expressionist style. Nolde was inspired by primitive art, biblical stories and travel scenes. According to the Museum of Modern Art in New York, Nolde created a total of 525 prints during his lifetime, and most of these prints were published before 1926. Nolde’s print portfolio includes woodcuts, etchings and lithographs.
Familie. 1917. Woodcut
Frauenkopf III. 1912. Woodcut
Hamburg, Schiff im Dock. 1910. Etching
Unfortunaltely, Nolde’s archive of prints was destroyed during World War II. Due to the efforts of art historians, many of his works were recovered in later years and purchased by major museums. While Nolde is said to have had problems maintaining relationships with his artistic contemporaries, his work is often cited as “quintessential German Expressionism.”
self-portrait, lithograph. 1907