Oil on canvas
"Emil Nolde used bold brushwork and intense colors to reveal what he called the "elemental force" of the objects he had studied at Berlin’s Museum of Ethnology. Although the work is titled as such, not all forms in this painting are masks. Nolde’s sketches reveal that the profile image at left is actually a canoe prow from the Solomon Islands (then a German colony). The frontal image at lower right is the shrunken head of a Munduruku man from Brazil."
Still Life with Oleander and Fruit (1911)
Oil on paper mounted on canvas
A sprawling bouquet of pink oleander spills from a rustic French Provençal ceramic vase in this casual and asymmetrically balanced still life. Yellow and green pears cluster at left, and a lone yellow pear rests on the tabletop at right. A brilliant flood of light illuminates the upper left side of all objects while casting shadows to the right. Together, the vitality of colors and composition suggest the pleasant comforts of home.
Albert André began his artistic career as a fabric designer in Lyon. Later, living in Paris, he counted fellow artist Pierre-Auguste Renoir among his closest friends and mentors.