Etching and aquatint
Gift of Henry H. Hawley 1971.307
Catalogue raisonné: Schiefler and Mosel 211
The dancer in Emil Nolde’s dreamlike etching is an object of desire. She may be the enchantress Circe, who turned Odysseus’s men into beasts, as suggested by the block-shaped, almost animalistic heads of the onlookers. Nolde unevenly applied the acid-resistant ground and manipulated it with different tools, such as his fingers, a knife, and a fine brush. The resulting grainy tone and texture align with the mysterious subject.
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