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This is one of a series of seascapes (labelled A-F) which Nolde painted while staying on the island of Sylt in northern Germany. His characteristically expressive brushwork and heightened colour suggest the seething turbulence of the sea. In his memoirs, he recalled ‘I wanted to see the sea again in all its wild greatness. Thunderclouds came driven by hail-storms – lightning flashed into the sea … I had finished or almost finished six seascapes, whose paint was still wet, working on them in a state close to ecstasy.’

July 2012