Note card Nolde's "Flowers"
Emil Nolde (German, 1867–1956)
"Flowers," 1923–38 or 1945–56

Like the sea, flowers were an abiding source of inspiration and consolation for Emil Nolde, a cause for joy in periods of difficulty. Nolde's wife Ada shared his love of flowers and together they planted gardens with tulips, dahlias, poppies, irises, bluebells, and sunflowers at their homes in Alsen, Unterward, and Seebüll. Of their small garden in Alsen, Nolde wrote, "I loved the glowing colors of the flowers, the purity of their colors." After he and Ada moved to Unterward in 1916, Nolde used the absorbent Japan paper that he had discovered in Berlin about 1910 and worked "wet in wet." Nolde had ambitions to be a figure painter, specifically to paint religious subjects. But he took with him from flower painting that use of broad planes of color for emotional impact.

Box of ten 5 x 7" note cards with envelopes.

Item #012627