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Emil Nolde

Woman's Head in Half Profile

watercolour and India ink on Japan paper
c. 1918/1919
35 x 27,5 cm / 13 3/4 x 10 7/8 in.
signed lower left

Nolde was interested in people throughout his life. His works with human subjects ostly feature two or more figures. It is therefore relatively rare to find just one person depicted. Furthermore, they rarely bear recognizable individual faces. Nevertheless the present work seems like a portrait with very distinctive features. Nolde experienced his important breakthrough as a painter on the Danish fisher island of Alsen where he and his wife Ada lived from 1903 to 1916. There, he discovered the depth of colour and it became his central vehicle of artistic expression.

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