San Giorgio Maggiore in Venice, Emil Nolde
Emil Nolde
San Giorgio Maggiore in Venice
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Emil Nolde

San Giorgio Maggiore in Venice, 1924

345 x 448 mm
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Watercolour on Japanese laid paper
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17906 Z
Acquired in 2019 as a bequest from Ulrike Crespo from the Karl Ströher Collection
Can be presented in the study room of the Graphische Sammlung (special opening hours)


About the Work

In 1924, Nolde visited Italy, a land of longing for countless artists. In Venice he painted, among other things, the island of San Giorgio Maggiore with the monastery of the same name. He usually had paper and his paintbox with him when he roamed the city. That enabled him to commit the light of the setting sun directly to paper, even if he undoubtedly also enhanced it atmospherically in the process. Nolde had a special fondness for the intense vibrancy of watercolour paints and the way they blended when applied wet-on-wet.

About the Acquisition

The Städel Museum has the photographer, psychotherapist, philanthropist, and long-time Frankfurt resident Ulrike Crespo (1950–2019) to thank for more than ninety works ranging from classical modernism to American pop art. The paintings, drawings, and prints by Wassily Kandinsky, Otto Dix, Oskar Schlemmer, Max Ernst, Jean Dubuffet, Cy Twombly, and others originally belonged to the holdings of her grandfather, the Darmstadt-based industrialist Karl Ströher (1890–1977), who amassed an extensive art collection after World War II.

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