Women and a Pierrot (1917) by Emil Nolde

Women and a Pierrot - Emil Nolde - 1917

Artwork Information

TitleWomen and a Pierrot
ArtistEmil Nolde
MediumOil on Canvas
Dimensions100.5 x 86.5 cm
Art MovementExpressionism
Current LocationKunstsammlung Nordrhein

About Women and a Pierrot

The artwork titled “Women and a Pierrot” is an oil on canvas painting by Emil Nolde dating back to 1917. This expressionistic piece belongs to the genre of nude painting and measures 100.5 x 86.5 cm. The artwork is a part of the collection at Kunstsammlung Nordrhein.

The artwork depicts two women in partial nudity accompanied by a character typically known as a Pierrot, a figure from the commedia dell’arte tradition known for its pale face and loose white clothing with large buttons. The women’s brightly colored bodies are rendered with bold, expressive brushstrokes characteristic of expressionist art. Their faces are simplified and abstracted, with strong colors and contoured lines that emphasize emotion over realistic representation. The composition uses vibrant, contrasting hues and has an energetic, dynamic quality that captures the avant-garde spirit of early 20th-century Expressionism. The background, painted in deep and stark tones, serves to accentuate the vivid coloration of the figures, bringing them to the visual forefront. The interaction among the figures, their gazes and body language, suggests an enigmatic narrative left open to interpretation by the viewer.

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