Ella Reitsma

Ella Reitsma read art history at the University of Utrecht and took her doctorate in 1975 with a study of the genre approach of the eighteenth-century French painter Jean-Baptiste Simon Chardin. Since 1976 she has been contributing a column on art for the weekly Vrij Nederland.

Het huis van de kunstenaar

Het huis van de kunstenaar

(Amsterdam University Press, 2001, 200 pagina's)

In 1927, the German painter Emil Nolde bought a bare knoll in the marshy countryside of Schleswig-Holstein. Here he built a house and a ‘workplace’ of his own design. He expressly avoided the words atelier or studio; such artists as Franz Stuck and Franz Lenback, rich and famous when Nolde was a young man, had ‘ateliers’ in extravagant artists’ palaces filled with marble and tapestries. For Nolde, a pious peasant’s son, trained as cabinet-maker, the artist’s life was one of hard work and solitude.

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