Emil Nolde - Frauenbildnis (Grünes Gesicht, en face) - image-1

Lot 103 D

Emil Nolde - Frauenbildnis (Grünes Gesicht, en face)

Auction 1177 - overview Cologne
17.06.2021, 18:00 - Modern/Contemporary Art - Evening Sale
Estimate: 50.000 € - 60.000 €
Result: 65.000 € (incl. premium)

Emil Nolde

Frauenbildnis (Grünes Gesicht, en face)
Circa 1913

Watercolour on laid paper with watermark "MBM" 55 x 44,8 cm Framed under glass. Signed twice 'Nolde.' in pencil lower right. - In fine condition with fresh colours. Occasional minute retouches mainly toward the upper left margin, firmly mounted to card.

In this frontally composed portrait of a young woman, Emil Nolde ignites a firework display of expressive colour. The narrow face and the long, slender neck are laid down in transparent shades of green, which stand in complementary contrast to the brightly and boldly red lips and the summarily applied purplish-red background; the luminous cobalt blue of the eyes is also found in the shadow of the right half of the face.
Nolde has masterfully utilised a palette of colours that operates unrestricted by local colour. “In extreme haste, he begins to paint. Click, he throws back the first brush; click, the second. Without interruption and quick as lightning, he handles the different brushes. […] He never looks at the pots of paint; he knows them like a musician knows his keys,” is how one eyewitness described his painting process a few years later (cited in: Nils Ohlsen, in: Emil Nolde. Glühender Farbenrausch. Aquarelle, Tusche- und Kreidezeichnungen, Cologne 2018, p. 23). In his search for the inner expressive content of a portrait, the artist achieved a penetrating characterisation of the individual through colour alone, and in the present work this has been intensified into a positively dramatic statement.


With a photo-certificate by Manfred Reuther, Klockries, dated 17 December 2014.
The work is registered in the archive of the Nolde Stiftung Seebüll.


Collection Ernesto F. Blohm, Hamburg; Estate; Private collection (1986); Sotheby's London, Impressionist and Modern Art Day Sale, 22 June 2016, Lot 341; Private possession, Belgium