Emil Nolde's pictures are famous for their ferocious quality, distorted drawing, violent colour, and a tormented technique.
He painted landscapes, biblical scenes, and figure subjects based on a private mythology.
In 1913-14, he travelled through Russia, China, Japan and Polynesia, where he was impressed by the demonic quality of primitive art and religion.
He was persecuted by the Nazis, although many of his ideas were close to theirs, including negative opinions about Jewish artists, and a point of view that Expressionism was a distinctively Germanic style.
He also worked in lithography, etching and woodcut.
There is a Nolde Foundation at Seebull, on the German-Danish border.
Many museums of modern art have his works.
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