Excited People (1913) by Emil Nolde

Excited People - Emil Nolde - 1913

Artwork Information

TitleExcited People
ArtistEmil Nolde
MediumOil on Canvas
Dimensions102.5 x 76.5 cm
Art MovementExpressionism
Current LocationNolde-Stiftung Seebull

About Excited People

The artwork “Excited People” by Emil Nolde, created in 1913, is an oil on canvas encapsulating the essence of the Expressionist movement. Measuring 102.5 by 76.5 cm, this genre painting is part of the collection at Nolde-Stiftung Seebull. Nolde’s piece vividly portrays human figures through the use of heightened colors and dynamic brushstrokes characteristic of Expressionism.

In the artwork, there are at least three distinct figures overlapping and intertwined in a dense composition that emphasizes their emotional expressions. The figures are rendered with bold, distorted features and non-naturalistic colors, invoking a sense of primal emotion and psychological depth. The background is relatively dark, contrasting sharply with the bright, intense colors used for the figures, which imbues the artwork with a sense of immediacy and urgency. The expressive qualities of the painting may suggest a narrative or an emotional vignette, yet it defies a precise or literal interpretation, inviting the viewer to engage at a visceral level with the depicted figures.

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