Executed between 1940 and 1945, Emil Nolde’s Bewegtes blaues Meer bei Sonnenuntergang (mit Felsen und Burg)
is a wonderful example of the artist’s so-called ungemalte Bilder
(unpainted images), which he created in secrecy in the seclusion of Seebüll, during the working ban which had been imposed upon him by the Nazis. The name unpainted images
refers both to the fact that these works were created despite the artist's working ban as well as the fact that the artist intended to execute the works on a large scale once possible. Works from this group are known for their striking intensity of colour and their small scale, which made them easy to hide.
Nolde also worked the sheet of Bewegtes blaues Meer bei Sonnenuntergang (mit Felsen und Burg) in places on the verso, in order to maximise the intensity and depth of the colours.