Wildly Dancing Children (1909) by Emil Nolde

Wildly Dancing Children - Emil Nolde - 1909

Artwork Information

TitleWildly Dancing Children
ArtistEmil Nolde
MediumOil on Canvas
Dimensions73 x 88 cm
Art MovementExpressionism
Current LocationKunsthalle Kiel
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About Wildly Dancing Children

German-Danish painter and printmaker Emil Nolde’s “Wildly Dancing Children” is a notable artwork from 1909. As one of the first Expressionists, Nolde was known for his use of color in his work, which includes prints, watercolors, landscapes, religious images, flowers, stormy seas, and scenes. In the painting “Wildly Dancing Children,” Nolde captures the lively and innocent lifestyle of children during the time period.

The artwork reflects Nolde’s love of nature through wildflowers blooming in front of tall grasses that sway with the movement of the children. The painting portrays a sense of joy and freedom through the carefree movements and lively expressions on each child’s face. The use of vivid colors enhances this feeling while also providing contrast between the sky above and ground below.

It is also noteworthy that although Nolde received praise for his artistic talents after World War II when he was honored with the German Order of Merit; however, it is important to recognize that he supported Hitler’s National Socialist German Workers’ Party during his lifetime.

Overall, “Wildly Dancing Children” demonstrates Emil Nolde’s skills as an artist who conveyed life’s beauty through vibrant colors and light-hearted subject matter.

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