Emil Nolde Kopf [Head] 1913 © Nolde Stiftung Seebüll

Colour is Life: Emil Nolde’s Paradox - Between Expressionism, ‘Degenerate Art’ and Fascism

Emil Nolde was a pioneer of Expressionism, whose art was vehemently defamed by the National Socialists in 1930s Germany. 1,052 of his works were seized in their campaign against so-called ‘Degenerate Art’. However, Nolde is also known to have had ties and expressed sympathies with National Socialism. In this lecture, Dr Deborah Lewer, Senior Lecturer in History of Art, University of Glasgow, explores the contradictions of Nolde’s work, reception and politics and considers his fraught legacy today.