The back of a work of art can be an eloquent witness to the process of artistic creation. Indeed, the means used to produce many of the works in this exhibition can be understood more clearly by examining them as three-dimensional objects, or by looking at both their front and back. The hammering of silver, for instance, leaves a vivid impression on both sides of the object. And a sheet of paper with a different drawing on each side offers an informative record of the artist's imaginative and material process.
Emil Nolde, Head of a Woman III (recto), 1912
Emil Nolde, Head of a Woman III (verso), 1912