Mask Still Life III (1911) by Emil Nolde

Mask Still Life III - Emil Nolde - 1911

Artwork Information

TitleMask Still Life III
ArtistEmil Nolde
MediumOil on Canvas
Dimensions74 x 78 cm
Art MovementExpressionism
Current LocationNelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, MO, US

About Mask Still Life III

“Mask Still Life III” is an oil on canvas artwork by Emil Nolde, created in the year 1911. This piece is a representation of the Expressionism art movement and measures 74 by 78 centimeters. It falls under the still life genre and is presently housed at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art located in Kansas City, MO, USA.

The artwork presents a vivid and arresting tableau of masks, each rendered with bold colors and brushwork that typifies Nolde’s expressionist approach. The use of color is particularly striking, with contrasting hues that imbue the piece with a sense of depth and vibrancy. The masks depicted are stylized, each exhibiting distinctive emotional characteristics, from the sinister and sardonic to the grotesque and enigmatic.

Nolde’s technique involves thickly applied paint and a rich palette, contributing to the intensity and emotional resonance of the work. The masks, likely inspired by non-Western art, which was of immense interest to many avant-garde artists of the time, stand out against a background that although less detailed, still vibrates with color and painterly energy.

With “Mask Still Life III”, Nolde captures the tension between the facades we wear and the primordial emotions they can conceal or express, a theme as relevant to the contemporary viewer as it was in the early 20th century when the artwork was conceived.

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