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Hamburg, Landungsbrücke

Accession Number

Hamburg, Landungsbrücke

Emil Nolde

Artist Nationality
German (culture or style)

Object Creation Date

Medium & Support
aquatint and etching on paper

17 3/8 in x 23 5/8 in (44.1 cm x 60 cm);22 in x 28 in (55.88 cm x 71.12 cm)

Credit Line
Museum Purchase

Subject matter
Having stayed at a nearby hotel, Nolde depicted a pier at the Hamburg harbor. The artist was interested in the impact of human life on the landscape and noticed the remnants, things such as smoke left behind by steamboats. Like this example, his etchings are known for their experimental techniques of applying acid to the plates in order to achieve various tonal effects. As a result, Nolde's scenes are not merely picturesque but seem to be constantly in flux, with the ebb and flow of modernity.

Physical Description
This black and white etching shows a pier that dominates the foreground of the scene, and recedes toward the left distance while the center distance is vague darkness. There are tall, black pillars along the pier and waves of the water visible to the right of the image. The print is signed (l.r.) "Emil Nolde".

Primary Object Classification

Collection Area
Modern and Contemporary

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etching (printing process)
landscapes (representations)
modern and contemporary art
piers (marine landings)

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