Emil Nolde was not only one of the most important exponents of Expressionism; he also had a great knack for staging heroic tales. For a long time after 1945 Nolde was considered a victim of the Nazis, having seen his work declared “degenerate” and being debarred from working as an artist, yet there are justified doubts about this story – doubts that have surfaced not only recently. It was established long ago that Nolde was anti-Semitic and openly supported the Nazis. Yet how, then, can we explain the emergence of the longstanding notion that this was an artist who had been ostracized, who had embarked on an “inner emigration” and who painted in isolation? Dr. Bernhard Fulda, a historian at the University of Cambridge, bases his research project around this question. Access, for the first time, to hitherto unpublished documents has been the starting point for a new perspective on the myth surrounding the artist who was Emil Nolde.
Dr. Bernhard Fulda
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Gisela Graichen and Peter Prestel