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Emil Nolde

German, 1867-1956

Nolde studied art in Munich, then moved to Berlin in the early years of the new century and became a member of a group of Expressionist artists in nearby Dresden, who called themselves "Die Brücke" (The Bridge). Despite critical success and a retrospective exhibition in 1927, Nolde's career suffered during the Nazi regime, having been included in Degenerate Art, a 1937 exhibition of artwork officially deemed "antithetical to German tradition."
13 5/16 x 17 7/8 in. (33.85 x 45.4 cm)
Gift of the Virginia and Bagley Wright Collection
Provenance: World House Galleries, New York City; Mr. and Mrs. Bagley Wright, Seattle, Washington, 1959; Seattle, Washington, 1967
Not currently on view


Exhibition HistorySeattle, Washington, Seattle Art Museum, "Anselm Kiefer and Germanic Tradition", June 4, 1999 - January 2, 2000

Vancouver, British Columbia, Vancouver Art Gallery, "The Seattle Art Museum Lends", March 13 - April 11, 1976

New York, New York, The Museum of Modern Art, "Emil Nolde," March 4, 1963. San Francisco, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, May 28, 1963. Pasadena, California, the Pasadena Art Museum, July 27, 1963.

Portland, Oregon, Portland Art Museum, “Collection of Mr. and Mrs. C. Bagley Wright: Twentieth Century American and European Paintings and Sculpture”, November 8 – December 6, 1964, no. 41.
Published References"The Seattle Art Museum Lends" exhibition catalogue. Vancouver, BC: Vancouver Art Gallery, 1976.

"Collection of Mr. and Mrs. C. Bagley Wright: Twentieth Century American and European Paintings and Sculpture," Portland, OR: Portland Art Museum, Nov. 8-Dec. 6, 1964, no. 41.

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