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Item Number: 108881
Title: EMIL NOLDE malt die Frauen / Nolde's pictures of women
Author: Reuther, Manfred ; Jörg Garbrecht
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ISBN: 9783832193256
Description: Köln: DuMont, 2010. 30cm., hardcover, 148pp., 80 color plates. German-English text. Catalogue of the exhibition 'Admired, Feared, Desired : Emil Nolde paints Women' held at Nolde Stiftung Seebüll, Dependance Berlin. From the museum's website: Nolde never aspired to find a universally valid image of the woman or reduce her down to a singular role. In fact, he depicted women with their various traits and exhilarating ambivalence in various contexts ranging from mythological and religious scenes to the classic portrait. The exhibition "Admired, feared and desired - Emil Nolde paints women" shows how Nolde dealt artistically with women through experience and imagination, doubt and insight, fear and admiration. Nolde's women are mothers, muses and models, wifes and burlesque dancers, angels and demons, saints and sinners, the seduced and the passionately seducing. The exhibition is divided into six subject groups: The admirable, Legendary Women - Nolde and Böcklin, Paradise lost, demonically creating - Nolde and Munch, The question of dominance, Faces of ecstasy and The maturity of life. Important loans from reknown national and international collections provide an art-historical background and focus the view on specific themes within Nolde's oeuvre: Historical comparisons with Arnold Böcklin and with his contemporaries Edvard Munch and Pablo Picasso prove Nolde's exact knowledge of the art world around him, while the comparison with Andy Warhol's iconic "Marilyn" (1967) and Eric Fischl's painting "The Philosopher's Chair" (1999) reveal the timeless topicality of Nolde's portraits of women. In his pictures Nolde abstains from visual complexity, a wealth of symbolical detail and scenic backgrounds and thereby achieves an extraordinary intensification of content and form, of the picture's message and the artistic translation. Nolde is capable of intensifying the concentration of emotion in his pictures to such an extent that to this day his portraits of women have preserved their charm and mystery.

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