Clever people master life; the wise illuminate it and create fresh difficulties.

— Emil Nolde

The most lavish Emil Nolde quotes that are little-known but priceless

There is silver blue, sky blue and thunder blue.

Every colour holds within it a soul, which makes me happy or repels me, and which acts as a stimulus. To a person who has no art in him, colours are colours, tones tones...and that is all. All their consequences for the human spirit, which range between heaven to hell, just go unnoticed.


Yellow can express happiness, and then again, pain.

There is flame red, blood red, and rose red; there is silver blue, sky blue, and thunder blue; every color harbors its own soul, delighting or disgusting or stimulating me.


Pictures are spiritual beings. The soul of the painter lives within them.


Sometimes it seems to me that I am capable of absolutely nothing, but that nature through me can accomplish a great deal.


A work becomes a work of art when one re-evaluates the values of nature and adds one's own spirituality.


Colours in vibration, peeling like silver bells and clanging like bronze bells, proclaiming happiness, passion and love, soul, blood and death.


As an artist I am attracted by decadence, by those who exhaust their lives in the shallow pursuits of pleasure. Occasionally, I feel that spiritually I participate in all these kinds of lives.


What an artist learns matters little.

What he himself discovers has a real worth for him, and gives him the necessary incitement to work.


Art is exalted above religion and race.

Not a single solitary soul these days believes in the religions of the Assyrians, the Egyptians and the Greeks... Only their art, whenever it was beautiful, stands proud and exalted, rising above all time.


There cannot be creation without a lot of energy.


The artist need not know very much; best of all let him work instinctively and paint as naturally as he breathes or walks.


The art of an artist must be his own art.

It is... always a continuous chain of little inventions, little technical discoveries of one's own, in one's relation to the tool, the material and the colors.


About Emil Nolde

Quotes 13 sayings
Nationality German
Profession Artist
Birthday October 16