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."