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Expressionism: Part 1: An Introduction

August 14, 2018

 WIKI: Expressionism was a modernist movement, initially in poetry and painting, originating in Germany at the beginning of the 20th century.


Its typical trait is to present the world solely from a subjective perspective, distorting it radically for emotional effect in order to evoke moods or ideas. Expressionist artists sought to express the meaning of emotional experience rather than physical reality.


Expressionism was developed as an avant-garde style before the First World War. It remained popular during the Weimar Republic,[1] particularly in Berlin. The style extended to a wide range of the arts, including expressionist architecture, painting, literature, theatre, dance, film and music.


The Expressionist emphasis on individual perspective has been characterized as a reaction to positivism and other artistic styles such as Naturalism and Impressionism.




Over these next few blog posts I will be exploring this style in more depth. Looking at such artists as:


Van Gogh:




Kaethe Kollwitz:



Lucien Freud:



Egon Schiele:



Francis Bacon:



Willem de Koonig:


I will also be attempting the different styles used by these artists and applying them in my own original art work.



Let's see how it goes!









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