Native placeNolde, PRU [now DEN]
Dead placeSeebul, BRD [now DEU]


Nolde was born in Nolde, northern Germany. His real name was Emil Hansen. After serving an apprenticeship as a furniture maker, he taught in a school of industrial design. He produced postcards with pictures of fantastic mountains which proved to be very popular and earned him a great deal of money. In 1898 he went to Munich and then to Paris to study painting. Inspired by Van Gogh he became aware of the stimulating power of color. In 1906 he was invited to join the Brucke. In 1910 he was expelled from the Berlin Secession and helped organized the Neue Sezession. He participated in the Sonderbund exhibition in 1912 and associated with a wide variety of avant-garde artists. He visited New Guinea and the Far East in 1913 and 1914. He was one of the main figures in the Nazis' "Degenerate Art" exhibition of 1937 and was forbidden to work publicly in 1941. However, he secretly made what he called "unpainted pictures." He died in Seebull.

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