Hey! November has already arrived! Can you believe that? Anyways, this time I’m talking about expressionism, and art style with a rich background and interesting base concept! Without further ado, let’s get right into it!

What is Expressionism? | A Short History

According to tate.org, “expressionism refers to art in which the image of reality is distorted in order to make it expressive of the artist’s inner feelings or ideas.” Essentially, expressionism doesn’t replicate what you see around you, but rather what you may feel within you; it expresses the artist’s subjective emotions rather than objective reality.

A modernist movement during the beginning of the 20th century in Northern Europe, it was mainly found in poetry and painting. It’s influences from other art movements such as Post-Impressionism, Fauvism, and Symbolism, were mixed with interests in African wood carvings and Medieval/Renaissance artists as. It lasted about 15 years, from 1905 to 1920, all throughout Europe.

By using exaggerated brush strokes with bold colors, and less realism, expressionism brought out the emotions of the artist through their work. These bold brushstrokes and striking color choices demonstrated feelings such as fear, horror, sadness, and grotesque. Work often expressed other feelings such as anxiety, annoyance, disgust, and violence through jagged brush strokes and sharp contrasts in color.

Famous Artists:

  1. Edvard Munch
    • He was a Norwegein painter who had quite the traumatic childhood with illnesses, bearevement, and the thought of possible getting a mental health disorder that ran in the family.
    • He turned to art, creating many pieces, including his most famous piece “The Scream”.
    • One of his famous quotes is “From my rotting body, flowers shall grow and I am in them and that is eternity.
  2. Wassily Wassilyevich Kandinsky
    • He was a Russian painter and art theorist who is often credited as the founder/pioneer of abstract art.
    • He beliefs included that the inner life of an artist could expressed through colors, lines, geometric form.
    • His most famous painting is ” The Blue Rider.”
  3. Paul Klee
    • He was a Swiss-born German artist, who was influenced by art movement such as expressionism, cubism, and surrealism.
    • One of his influences was Kandinsky, who is the artist listed right above Klee.
    • One of his famous quotes is “A line is a dot that went for a walk.”

Other well-known names included, Vincent Van Goph, Henri Matisse, and Pablo Picasso.

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