Head in Profile
Emil Nolde (German, 1867-1956)
Not on View

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."


  • Artist Name: Emil Nolde (German, 1867-1956)
  • Title: Head in Profile
  • Date: 1919
  • Medium: Watercolor and India ink on tan wove paper
  • Dimensions: 14-1/2 x 11-1/8 in. (36.8 x 28.3 cm)
  • Credit Line: Norton Simon Museum, The Blue Four Galka Scheyer Collection
  • Accession Number: P.1953.296
  • Copyright: © Nolde Stiftung Seebüll

Object Information

Galka Scheyer, probably acquired in Germany by 1924;
Pasadena Art Institute, Pasadena, 1953-1954;
Pasadena Art Museum, Pasadena,1954-1975;
Norton Simon Museum, 1975.

The Nineteenth International Exhibition of Watercolors

  • Art Institute of Chicago, 1940-04-25 to 1940-05-26

Works by the Die Brucke Artists

  • Pasadena Museum of Modern Art, 1973-04-24 to 1973-06-03

German Expressionist Exhibition

  • Norton Simon Museum, 1988-05-19 to 1989-06-18

From Europe to California: Galka Scheyer and the Avant-Garde

  • Norton Simon Museum, 2003-05-16 to 2003-10-13

The Blue Four and Their Contemporaries

  • Norton Simon Museum, 1991-06-20 to 1992-05-24

Contemporary German Watercolor Painting

  • California Palace of the Legion of Honor, 1936-06-06 to 1936-08-01

European Modernists

  • Los Angeles, California School of Fine Arts, 1927-04 to ?-

Thirty European Modernists

  • Oakland Art Gallery, 1928-01-04 to 1928-01-29

The Galka Scheyer Collection: Klee, Nolde, Jawlensky, Moholy-Nagy, Schmidt-Rottluff, Schwitters, Archipenko, Kandinsky, Lissitzky, Feininger, Kirchner, Dix_1

  • La Jolla, Art Center in La Jolla, 1960-07-05 to 1960-08-14

Gaze: Portraiture After Ingres

  • Norton Simon Museum, 2009-10-30 to 2010-04-05

The Blue Four-Galka Scheyer Collection From The Norton Simon Museum

  • Henry Art Gallery, 1997-07-17 to 1997-10-05

Maven of Modernism: Galka Scheyer in California

  • Norton Simon Museum, 2017-04-07 to 2017-09-25

Bauhaus Painters; Spirit of Modernism: Wassily Kandinsky, Paul Klee, Lyonel Feininger, Laszlo Moholy-Nagy, El Lissitzky, Oskar Schlemmer, Alexander Archipenko, Alexei Jawlensky and Others

  • Seoul, Ho-Am Art Museum, 1996-02-08 to 1996-04-28

Permanent and Loan Collection, 1973

  • Pasadena Museum of Modern Art, 1973-01-30 to 1973-12-31

The Spirit of Modernism: Galka Scheyer in the New World

  • Norton Simon Museum, 1994-11-17 to 1996-01-14
  • The Blue Four Galka Scheyer Collection, Norton Simon Museum of Art at Pasadena, 1976, no. 420 p. 151
  • Barnett, Vivian Endicott, The Blue Four Collection at the Norton Simon Museum, 2002, no. 403 pp. 400-401

Additional Artwork by Artist

Dancing Girl Emil Nolde 1911
Egyptian Woman II Emil Nolde 1910
Flowers in a Vase Emil Nolde c. 1930

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