This fishing boat is also “haggard,” if that adjective can be applied to something inanimate. It’s interesting for the visible wood grain along the hull, implying the wood block Nolde used was a pretty rough plank, rather than the very fine plywood that’s often used by artists. Also, notice how imperfect the inking is, especially around the bottom and edges. I reject my own impressions that have inking like this, but it’s consistent with the expressionists’ emphasis on trying to convey emotion and immediate personal experience. Generally I don’t much like Nolde’s people, with the exception of the prophet above, so it’s fun to discover his boats, which I do enjoy.
Nydam, Anne (or, of course, all through this blog! Search on “AEGN” in the sidebar, and you should end up with every post illustrated with one of my own pieces.)
[Pictures: Prophet, woodcut by Emil Nolde, 1912 (Image from MoMA);
Fischdampfer (Fishing Steamer), woodcut by Nolde, 1910 (Image from ArtStack);