Tänzerin

Beautiful dancers by the German/Danish artist Emil Nolde

Emil Nolde, Tänzerin (dancer), ca. 1920-1925Bild 003

A dancer moves ecstatically, her fluttering skirt barely covering her body. For Nolde her nakedness and unabashed sexuality tapped into primal instincts, signaling an authentic form of expression and a harmony with the natural world, removed from the decadence of urban dance halls. Yet two sketchily rendered figures to the left, behind the flaming torch, place the performance within the voyeuristic context of the German stage.

Heather Hess, German Expressionist Digital Archive Project, German Expressionism: Works from the Collection. 2011.


The Beautiful Season

the-beautiful-season-1925 Max Ernst

The Beautiful Season. Maxt Ernst. 1925.


Torso

Torso. Jean Arp

Torso. Jean Arp


Imi Knoebel

Imi Knoebel, Untitled, 1977 2 Imi Knoebel, Untitled, 1977

Untitled, Imi Knoebel. 1977


Sunflowers

Ernst Ludwig Kirchner

Sunflowers. Ernst Ludwig Kirchner. 1909.


The Plain

A poem by Jean Arp

I was alone with a chair on a plain
Which lost itself in an empty horizon.

The plain was flawlessly paved.
Nothing, absolutely nothing but the chair and I
were there.

The sky was forever blue,
No sun gave life to it.

An inscrutable, insensible light
illuminated the infinite plain.

To me this eternal day seemed to be projected —
artificially– from a different sphere.

I was never sleepy nor hungry nor thirsty,
never hot nor cold.

Time was only an abstruse ghost
since nothing happened or changed.

In me Time still lived a little
This, mainly, thanks to the chair.

Because of my occupation with it
I did not completely
lose my sense of the past.

Now and then I’d hitch myself, as if I were a horse, to the chair
and trot around with it,
sometimes in circles,
and sometimes straight ahead.

I assume that I succeeded.

Whether I really succeeded I do not know
Since there was nothing in space
By which I could have checked my movements.

As I sat on the chair I pondered sadly, but not desperately,
Why the core of the world exuded such black light.

Moustache Hat. Jean Arp.

Mustache Hat. Jean Arp. 1923.


Gypsy Mueller

Lying. Otto Mueller. 1926

Liegende (Lying). Otto Mueller. 1926

Lake with two nudes. Otto Mueller. 1915.

Lake with two nudes. Otto Mueller. 1915.

Gypsy. Otto Mueller. 1926

Gypsy. Otto Mueller. 1926