Saturday, 14 February 2015

Bert Frings / Emil Nolde

Emil Nolde
Masks, Still Life
oil on canvas
73 x 77,5 cm

'The Broken Ear' seems to be a spontaneous and expressive painting, however it is made slow and deliberate. The work is loosely based on a painting by Emil Nolde, a German Expressionist, who was briefly a member of Die Brücke. Since I can remember I have been fascinated by expressionism. Especially since I saw paintings by Heckel, Kirchner and Nolde at a young age.
There are a hundred years between his 'Masks, Still Life' from 1911 and my painting 'The Broken Ear'. I very much like his revolutionary painting. I look at it as a hymn of praise to other until then unknown cultures. A courageous painting of artifacts, masks, represented with radical gesture in radiant colors, made by an individual, receptive to the unknown and mysterious. This seems so contradictory with his ideas and thoughts. A brilliant work but the more I try to learn both about work and the life of one of the most famous artists ever, the less I understand.
The title of my painting is both a nod to Hergé because of his stereotypical characterizations and questions about his alleged collaboration with Germany, but even more a tribute to the Arumbaya people.
Bert Frings, december 2014

Bert Frings (NL)
The Broken Ear
acrylic on canvas
70 x 70 cm

1 comment:

  1. mooi idee, deze blog, zie ik nu pas voor het eerst ....