"We mistake sex for romance. Guys are taught that pushing a girl up against a wall is romance. Sex is easy; you can do it with anyone, yourself, with batteries. Romance is when someone you like walks into a room and they take your breath away. Romance is when two people are dancing and they fit together perfectly. Romance is when two people are walking next to each other and all of a sudden they find themselves holding hands, and they don’t know how that happened."
ARTIST OF THE WEEK: Emil Nolde
Emil Hansen (1867-1956, later changed name to Nolde after birthplace) was a German artist working in the expressionist style. He is known for his fearless use of bold, bright colours, especially deep reds and golds, though many of his floral scenes also feature blues, violets and splashes of pink. However, there is a darker element to Nolde’s life and work. This can be traced back to Nolde’s support of the Nazi party, and his condemnation of contemporary Jewish artists. But despite Nolde’s advocacy of the Nazi regime, his work was attacked by Hitler and the Nazi party, and many of his works were removed from German museums during the Second World War.
Before this, Nolde was a member of the German expressionist group Die Brücke, which came together in Dresden, 1905. The artists of Die Brücke, meaning ‘The Bridge’, had shared interests in primitive art and the use of non-naturalistic colour to enhance emotion. Other members included Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Fritz Bleyl, Erich Heckel and Karl Schmidt-Rottluff.