Autumn Sea VII (1910) by Emil Nolde

Autumn Sea VII - Emil Nolde - 1910

Artwork Information

TitleAutumn Sea VII
ArtistEmil Nolde
MediumOil on Canvas
Dimensions60 x 70 cm
Art MovementExpressionism
Current LocationNolde-Stiftung Seebull

About Autumn Sea VII

The artwork titled “Autumn Sea VII” is an oil on canvas created by expressionist artist Emil Nolde in 1910. Measuring 60 by 70 centimeters, this painting belongs to the marina genre and is currently housed at the Nolde-Stiftung Seebull. The painting is a representation of the sea during the autumn season and exemplifies the expressionist movement that was prominent during the time of its creation.

In “Autumn Sea VII,” Nolde’s expressionistic style is evident in the vigorous brushwork and bold choice of colors. The painting’s surface is dominated by rich yellows, deep reds, and vibrant purples, creating a dynamic tapestry of color and texture that seems to pulsate with energy. The sense of movement within the artwork is palpable, with the swirling patterns and layered application of paint suggesting the churning of the waves and the shifting play of light across the water’s surface.

Nolde’s use of color is not strictly representational but is intended to evoke an emotional response, common to the expressionist movement. This approach to painting emphasizes the artist’s subjective experience of the world rather than an objective recording of reality.

The composition lacks firm boundaries or distinct formal elements, instead, Nolde focuses on the overall effect of the color interplay. The horizon line is not clearly defined, which allows the viewer’s eye to travel freely through the scene, reinforcing the feeling of the infinite expanse and the raw power of the sea.

The artwork captures the essence of a tumultuous seascape, with heavy impasto contributing to the sensuous quality of the paint itself, making it almost tangible. It is an immersive work that engages the viewer both visually and emotionally, as is characteristic of Nolde’s oeuvre and of expressionism as a whole.

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