Thursday , March 4 2021

Museums: Nolde painting Erfurt Angermuseum

Scattered as "degenerated" in 1937, now retrieved: Emily Nolde "Begonias (red and yellow)" has been carved in Angermoie since Monday. An outstanding work of art history, which also gives reason to think of Nolde's connection with national socialism.

They shine in red and yellow against a bluish white background: Emil Nolde, "begoniass", which can be seen again since Monday in the Erfurt Angermuseum. The city introduced the re-purchase of painting, which was removed from the museum in 1937 as part of the "degenerating art" of Nazi activity.

In 1930 Nolde (1867-1956) in 1929 painted "begonias (red and yellow)". A year later, the Angermo Museum first bought it – about 8,000 reihsmarks – the high price of that time. In 1939, the buyer bought a painting Lucerne, in the spring of 2017 it first appeared on the art market.

Originally Erfurt City was trying to bid unsuccessfully. But later, the buyer, who offered more in 2017, offered the city's image – after he had learned about his cultural-political background. The price amounted to 1433 million euros. The costs were distributed in the city of Erfurt, the Free State of Thuringia, the Ernst von Siemens Art Foundation, the federal government and the federal state cultural fund.

Minister of Culture Benjamin-Immanuel Hoff (left) said on Monday that the picture reflects the twentieth century's fractures. Nolde was indeed an artist whose National Socialists withdrew, but at the same time was antisemitism and he himself was a member of the NSDAP. Therefore, the recovered painting should not only exhibit, but also make Nolde a close proximity to National Socialism, Hoffs said. Notwithstanding his political attitude, Nolde was excluded in 1941 from the so-called Reichskunstkammer and obtained a professional ban.

Nolde paintings are known for intense colors. Flowers that visitors can admire oil painting literally. Add a lively, brilliant brush to it, as explained by Thomas von Taschitzki, curator of the Angermo Museum. This and his departure from naturalistic painting techniques combined painters with expressionism.

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