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COLOUR IS LIFE

An exhibition of works of one of Germany’s greatest Expressionists opening soon at the National Galleries Scotland.

Emil Nolde (1867-1956) was one of the greatest colourists of the twentieth century. Identifying with his subjects in every brushstroke he made, heightening his colours and simplifying his shapes, so that we, the viewers, can also experience his emotional response to the world about him, was what made Nolde one of Germany’s greatest expressionist artists.

Over 100 paintings, drawings, watercolours and prints will be on display during this extensive exhibition of the twentieth-century Expressionist artist. Beginning with his early, evocative paintings of Berlin’s café and cabaret scenes and of north Germany’s wild geography, the show will cover the entirety of Nolde’s career – including the intensive works he produced on small pieces of paper under the Third Reich, when he was branded a ‘degenerate’ and banned from working.

Drawn from the unparalleled collection of the Emil Nolde Foundation in Seebüll, the artist’s former home in north Germany, the works powerfully underline the strong connection Nolde held to each of his subjects, translated through brushstroke, figuration and, ultimately, colour.

Emil Nolde: Colour is Life
National Galleries Scotland
14 July – 21 October 2018