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The Sea III - Emil Nolde - Framed Print - 12"H x 16"W

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The Sea III - Emil Nolde - Framed Print - 12"H x 16"W

Emil Nolde was a German-Danish painter. He was one of the first Expressionists, a member of Die Brücke, and is considered to be one of the great oil painting and watercolour painters of the 20th century. He is known for his vigorous brushwork and expressive choice of colours.

Nolde was a supporter of the Nazi party from the early 1920s, having become a member of its Danish section. He expressed negative opinions about Jewish artists, and considered Expressionism to be a distinctively Germanic style.

However Hitler rejected all forms of modernism as "degenerate art", and the Nazi regime officially condemned Nolde's work. Until that time he had been held in great prestige in Germany. A total of 1,052 of his works were removed from museums, more than any other artist. Some were included in the Degenerate Art exhibition of 1937, despite his protests.

He was not allowed to paint—even in private—after 1941. Nevertheless, during this period he created hundreds of watercolors, which he hid. He called them the "Unpainted Pictures".

After World War II, Nolde was once again honored, receiving the German Order of Merit, West Germany's highest civilian decoration.

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