The Village Blacksmith
- Emil Nolde (German, 1867-1956)
- Watercolor on Japanese wove paper
- 12-5/8 x 18-7/8 in. (32.1 x 47.9 cm)
- Credit Line:
- Norton Simon Museum, The Blue Four Galka Scheyer Collection
- Accession Number:
- © Nolde Stiftung Seebüll
Nolde worked in a furniture factory, then became an art student and studied briefly in Paris in 1899. His first one-man exhibit in Dresden in 1905 brought him to the attention of the Brücke artists, and in 1906 he joined their group for a brief period. Nolde was honored by a major retrospective in 1927, but ten years later the Nazis declared his art "degenerate" and confiscated more than 1,000 of his works. Forbidden to paint in 1941, he secretly painted small watercolors, which he named his "unpainted pictures."
The artist, probably sold by 1924 to;
Pasadena Art Institute, Pasadena, 1953-1954;
Pasadena Art Museum, Pasadena,1954-1975;
Norton Simon Museum, 1975.
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