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Emile Nolde

 1867 - 1956

German German Political Expressionist Painter and Printmaker and a a member of Die Brücke

 

 

Emile Nolde Inspirational Art Quotes

Art is exalted above religion and race. Not a single solitary soul these days believes in the religions of the Assyrians, the Egyptians and the Greeks... Only their art, whenever it was beautiful, stands proud and exalted, rising above all time." -- Emil Nolde

Clever people master life; the wise illuminate it and create fresh difficulties." -- Emil Nolde
 

The artist need not know very much; best of all let him work instinctively and paint as naturally as he breathes or walks." -- Emil Nolde

What an artist learns matters little. What he himself discovers has a real worth for him, and gives him the necessary incitement to work." -- Emil Nolde

 

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Key Descriptive Words and Phrases associated with Expressionist Painting -   Germany, early 20th century, emotional effects, emotional experience, avant-garde, emotional angst, Herwarth Walden, Der Sturm, Entartete Kunst, graphic art, Die Brücke, Der Blaue Reiter, Friedrich Nietzsche, psychological depths, symbolic colors, exaggerated imagery, human psyche, exaggeration, primitivism, jarring colors, self-expression, expression intensity, printmaking, psychological,emotional themes, existential anguish, industrial modern age, individual genius, sense of movement, energy

 

 

Information About The Expressionist Art Movement

The Expressionist art movement was conceived in opposition to Impressionism.  The Expressionist painters required emotional drama, pure color and innovation. Rouault one of the most famous avant-garde, French Expressionist Painters observed, "For me, painting is a way to forget life. It is a cry in the night, a strangled laugh. "
 

They disdained dreamy landscapes, water lilies and Japanese bridges. Controversial Austrian Expressionist Painter, Egon Schiele  asserted, "I don't know who is able to understand why I visit those places where my father used to be and where I can feel the pain."

Expressionist painters looked inward at their own emotions, and less upon the outside world for inspiration. Painters of the Expressionist generation grew up on the battlefield, witnessing wartime atrocities and returning to war ravaged countries.

The German Expressionists,
George Grosz,
 Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Emil Nolde and Oskar Kokoschka  dominated the art scene with powerful, emotional work based on the human struggle and futility of war. Their art-work was born in a world of confusion and social collapse.
Emil Nolde declared "The art of an artist must be his own art. It is... always a continuous chain of little inventions, little technical discoveries of one's own, in one's relation to the tool, the material and the colors.""

The Greatest Expressionist Painters of All Time

James Ensor  Belgian, 1860-1949  Expressionist Painter

Alexei Jawlensky  Russian, 1864-1941  Expressionist Painter

Ernst Kirchner  German, 1880-1938   Expressionist Painter

Paul Klee  Swiss, 1879-1940 Expressionist Painter

August Macke  German, 1887-1914   Expressionist Painter

Franz Marc  German, 1880-1916  Expressionist / Fauvist

Edvard Munch Norwegian, 1863-1944  Symbolist/Expressionist

Emil Nolde German, 1867-1956  Expressionist Painter

Rouault  French, 1871-1958   Expressionist Painter

Egon Schiele Austrian, 1890-1918   Expressionist Painter

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