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The Sea I, 1912

Emil Nolde

German, 1867-1956
Oil on canvas
29 x 35 in. (73.7 x 88.9 cm)
Norton Simon Art Foundation

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As a member of Die Brücke, Emil Nolde was one of the founders of the German Expressionist movement. His ancestors had lived on the same land beside the North Sea for nine generations, and Nolde never lost his deep feeling for the sea and the earth. Paul Klee once said of Nolde: "He is more than of the earth; he is the sphere's guardian spirit." In this painting of the sea, the drama lies in the darkness. The small red boat is almost overwhelmed by the huge dark waves.

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