NOLDE, EMIL. (1867-1956). German-Danish expressionist painter banned by the Nazis along with hundreds of other artists as “degenerate.” ALS. (“Emil Nolde”). 3pp. 8vo. N.p., March 15, 1913. To art historian KURT FREYER (1885-1973). In German with translation.
“I have wanted to write to you for a long time and to thank you. I did not get there. It happened so quickly; as I had just given away the picture of Pentecost, the Sacrament also went away, as did other pictures that were valuable and dear to me.
But it was especially the first two that had been around me for several years or that were a focus of the exhibitions. Now they are both in Halle.
If the two of them were not in such loving hands, then I probably would not be able to accept the thought that they are no longer the ones.
They bought the heavy sheet with the mood of death.
The events in Halle were all so surprising.
Tomorrow send a Sunday greeting to your wife and to you both…”