This trenchant reconsideration of artist Emil Noldes life and work deconstructs the myths that have surrounded Noldes legacy until today.
Emil Nolde created some of the most powerful works of the Expressionist movement. Despite the fact that his art was represented more prominently than anyone elses in the infamous exhibition Degenerate Art, he continued to be an ardent sympathizer of the Nacionalsocialista regime and an admirer of Adolf Hitler. This book provides a comprehensive introduction to Noldes ambiguous position during the Third Reich. In addition, the book takes a fresh look at Noldes artistic production during the Nacionalsocialista period, featuring numerous works which have not yet been published or publicly displayed. Eight illustrated essays draw on a wealth of unpublished letters and documents from the artists estate that offer new insights into Noldes artistic practices, his political beliefs, and his anti-Semitism, deconstructing the myths that have surrounded Noldes legacy until today.