“The artist need not know very much; best of all let him work instinctively and paint as naturally as he breathes or walks.” (Nolde)

Born Emil Hansen; 7 Aug. 1867- 13 April 1956); German-Danish painter and printmaker. One of the first Expressionists, member of Die Brücke, and considered to be one of the great oil painting and watercolor painters of the 20th century. Known for his vigorous brushwork and expressive choice of colors. Golden yellows and deep reds appear frequently in his work, giving a luminous quality to otherwise somber tones. His watercolors include vivid, brooding storm-scapes and brilliant florals.
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... son of a peasant family.... Trained as a woodcarver and at 21 moved to Munich to work carving ornamental furniture moldings. Taught crafts for 6 years at the Museum of Industry and Trade in St. Gallen, Switzerland, where he began to paint in a conservative style. Began to study art full time in 1898, at 31, which took him... briefly to Paris and Copenhagen, where he discovered the art of Vincent Van Gogh. In 1906 his evolving expressionist style of painting earned him membership in Die Brücke in Dresden and later the New Secession in Berlin, but his aloof and irritable personality caused a break with both groups within a year or 2. ...he had already settled into brutally crude drawing charged with intense color, style features that remained unchanged for the rest of his life. Worked as frequently in watercolors as in oils. Returned to the Schleswig area in 1921, then moved permanently to an isolated farm in 1926; here he remained for most of the rest of his life, living with his wife almost as a hermit (with occasional visits to an apartment he kept in Berlin), and painting continually in landscapes, seascapes, animal studies and botanicals. Toward the end of the 1930s his productivity began to decline, as his reception continued to be unfavorable...
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