Heckel, Kirchner, Schmidt-Rottluff, Jawlensky und Marc in der Sammlung Nolde
Marc Franz, Rotes Reh, Gouache-1913
In February 1906, Emil Nolde joined the artists´ group Die Brücke (The Bridge). The ideas contributed to the group by Ada and Emil Nolde included the annual portfolios, the annual report, passive membership, and the membership card in form of a woodcut.
These measures increased public awareness of Die Brücke over the long term. On 9 November 1907, after only a short time, Nolde left the group for professional and personal reasons. Prints by the Brücke artists make up a significant part of the Nolde Collection.
But the holdings of the Nolde Foundation also reflect Nolde´s friendly contact with Alexej von Jawlensky and Franz Marc from the Blue Rider (Blaue Reiter) group, as well as with their wives. These works show each artist´s characteristic subject: the face for Jawlensky, the figure
for Klee and animal motifs for Marc. In his collection, Nolde gathered the works of artists with whom he was acquainted of befriended most of all. Thus, this collection bears witness to the network of the loner Nolde, despite his individualism.