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Emil Nolde | Colour is Life

From 14 July 2018 to 21 October 2018

£10 (£8) Free for Our Friends

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"A terrific modern visionary"
The Guardian

Emil Nolde (1867-1956) was one of the greatest colourists of the twentieth century. While he was passionate about his north German home near the Danish border with its immense skies, flat, windswept landscapes and storm-tossed seas, he was equally fascinated by the demi-monde of Berlin’s cafés and cabarets, the busy to and fro of tugboats in the port of Hamburg and the myriad peoples and the places he saw on his trip to the South Seas in 1914. Nolde felt strongly about what he painted, identifying with his subjects in every brushstroke he made, heightening his colours and simplifying his shapes, so that we, the viewers, can also experience his emotional response to the world about him. This is what makes Nolde one of Germany’s greatest expressionist artists.

This exhibition, comprising about 100 paintings, drawings, watercolours and prints, drawn from the incomparable collection of the Emil Nolde Foundation in Seebüll (the artist’s former home in north Germany), covers Nolde’s complete career, from his early atmospheric paintings of his homeland right through to the intensely coloured, so-called ‘unpainted paintings’, works done on small pieces of paper during World War II, when Nolde was branded a ‘degenerate’ artist and forbidden to work as an artist.

This exhibition is organised by the National Galleries of Scotland in collaboration with the Nolde Stiftung Seebüll, and the National Gallery of Ireland.

Part of Edinburgh Art Festival.

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Gallery Social - Emil Nolde: Colour is Life
  • Modern Two
  • 28 September 2018
  • 10:30am - 12:00pm
  • FREE
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Visually Impaired Tour and Workshop - Emil Nolde: Colour is Life
  • Modern
  • 19 September 2018
  • 10:15am - 3:30pm
  • FREE
Tour Communities & access
Amplified Tour: Emil Nolde: Colour is Life
  • Modern Two
  • 10 September 2018
  • 11:00am - 12:00pm
  • FREE
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Watercolour Painting Inspired by Emil Nolde
  • Modern
  • 25 August 2018
  • 10:30am - 4:00pm
  • £95.00
  • +1 other session
Course Adults
Woodblock Printmaking Inspired by Emil Nolde A Five-Week Course
  • Modern Two
  • 5 September 2018
  • 1:00pm - 4:00pm
  • £120.00
  • +4 other sessions
Course Adults
Screen Printing for Absolute Beginners
  • Modern
  • 6 October 2018
  • 10:30am - 4:00pm
  • £95.00
  • +1 other session
Lecture or talk Adults
Opening Talk: Emil Nolde | Colour is Life
  • National
  • 14 July 2018
  • 1:00pm - 2:00pm
  • FREE
Lecture or talk Adults
Colour is Life: Emil Nolde’s Paradox - Between Expressionism, ‘Degenerate Art’ and Fascism
  • National
  • 7 August 2018
  • 12:45pm - 1:30pm
  • FREE
Tour Adults
Exhibition Tour: Nolde and Gesture Painting
  • Modern
  • 11 August 2018
  • 2:00pm - 2:45pm
  • £10.00
Special event Our Friends
Friends Preview: Emil Nolde: Colour is Life
  • Modern
  • 12 July 2018
  • 5:30pm - 8:00pm
  • FREE
Lecture or talk Our Friends
Emil Nolde: Colour is Life
  • Modern
  • 17 July 2018
  • 6:30pm - 7:15pm
  • £12.00
  • +1 other session