Emil NoldeLegend, Vision, Ecstasy
Emil Nolde. This new exhibition consists of around 70 works with
religious themes, painted by Nolde between 1909 and the mid-1920s.
The artist's religious paintings demonstrate a great intensity and
expressiveness; they include some of his strongest figurative paint-ings,
and reveal his quest for deeper spiritual understanding. The religious
paintings marked the beginning of a new artistic phase for Nolde,
not only in terms of content. Through these works he also discovered
new possibilities of stylistic expression which gained him independence
from Impressionism. He focussed on the portrayal of inner visions
instead of the reproduction of sensory impressions, preferred extremes
of spirituality to the depiction of everyday subjects and replaced
fluidity of form with an expressively heightened, autonomous colourfulness.
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