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Head of a Young Girl, c. 1935

Emil Nolde

German, 1867-1956
Watercolor on paper
18-1/4 x 13-1/4 in. (26.0 x 33.7 cm)
Norton Simon Museum, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Gifford Phillips

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Nolde worked in a furniture factory, then became an art student and studied briefly in Paris in 1899. His first one-man exhibit in Dresden in 1905 brought him to the attention of the Brücke artists, and in 1906 he joined their group for a brief period. Nolde was honored by a major retrospective in 1927, but ten years later the Nazis declared his art "degenerate" and confiscated more than 1,000 of his works. Forbidden to paint in 1941, he secretly painted small watercolors, which he named his "unpainted pictures."

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