The Art of Emil Nolde Podcast/Acoustiguide

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In 2010, Galerie Nacional Du Grande Palais held a show for German Expressionist Emil Nolde.  A World War One era artist.  The podcast/acoustiguide goes in chronological order from his early years to his last days as a labeled “degenerate artist” courtesy of Hitler and his ilk.

The podcast/acoustiguide describe the paintings, gives them dates, what Nolde did during this time, and his inspirations/influences.  They even cite quotes from the man himself.  We even have insight in the groups Nolde took involvement in, such as Die Brucke and the Berlin Secession.  I had never heard of the Berlin Secession and I wonder if they shared a similar goal to the Vienna Secession.  I do love Nolde’s thoughts on the absurdities of the café world while listening to “At The Cafe”.   This archived acoustiguide paints the portrait of a restless man constantly going on a journey, yet never forgetting his roots.  Furthermore, spirituality drove a lot of his paintings, with his scenes from Christian mythology and renderings of mystical abstracts.  I relate to him in his love of capturing dance in art.  As someone who photographs dancers and loves capturing people in this unguarded moment, I understood him completely when he talks about rendering people in that moment.

However, Nolde seemed to have lived a life of contradiction.  He preferred the freedom of non-urban life, yet stayed in Germany despite the Nazi government preventing him from creating art.  According to the podcast, Nolde’s feelings on the Nazi problem remained unknown.  Apparently, Nolde never brought up his opinions on the Gestapo in his autobiography, the main source the acoustiguide quotes from.  Personally, I think it would go without saying (or writing) that Nolde would have less favorable feelings for the Reich.  After all, they hindered his career.  However, you will find his views on Papua New Guinea and other forms rural art a little less than politically correct.  Lengthwise, the longest podcast goes over four minutes.  This podcast also does not offer any reproductions when you download this podcast.

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