Marschlandschaft. Um 1920. Watercolor. Signed in lower left. On fine Japon. 35.1 x 47.9 cm (13.8 x 18.8 in), the full sheet. [CH].
• Particularly free interpretation of the vast and flat marsh landscape around Utenwarf, the artist's home at that time. • The artist renders the Northern German landscape in a colors which are rarely found in his oeuvre. • With the characteristic wet-in-wet technique and the dynamic, almost gestural color application Nolde creates a landscape depiction between closeness to nature and a mystical-mysterious effect.
With a photo expertise from Dr. Manfred Reuther, Foundation Seebüll Ada and Emil Nolde, vom August 15, 2005.
PROVENANCE: Private collection Berlin. Private collection Switzerland (acquired from the above).
EXHIBITION: Emil Nolde. Weltsicht, Farbe, Phantasie, Stadthalle Balingen, July 19 - September 7, 2008, p. 127 (with illu.).
"In the city life is little about the events of nature, one hardly pays any attention to rolling thunder or lightning. The drama is hardly taken into account. That's different in the countryside, where farms and villages protrude from the flat land [.]. " Emil Nolde, in: Reisen. Ächtung. Befreiung (1919-1946), Cologne 1978, p. 52.