February 6, 2012

"Unpainted Pictures"

EMIL NOLDE  (7 August 1867 – 13 April 1956)
German painter and printermaker.

...After 1941, the Nazi's forbade Emil Nolde to paint, claiming he was a degenerate artist.
Nevertheless, during this period he created hundreds of watercolors, which he hid. 
He called them the "Unpainted Pictures".
In 1942 Nolde wrote:
There is silver blue, sky blue and thunder blue. Every colour holds within it a soul, which makes me happy or repels me, and which acts as a stimulus. To a person who has no art in him, colours are colours, tones tones...and that is all. All their consequences for the human spirit, which range between heaven to hell, just go unnoticed.

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