Expressionism

Expressionism

Expressionism in Fine Art. Paintings in the Style of Expressionism.

June 12, 2017 at 11:51 am

Expressionism is an art style that seeks to express the author's emotional state rather than reproduce the reality. This effect is achieved by distortion, exaggeration, fantastically bright colours and expressive strokes.

Expressionism

The concept of expressionism appeared in the early 20th century in Germany. Impressionists tried to reproduce reality in a new way, to convey light and colour by making them special. Expressionists criticised them for their limitations and tried to go beyond the usual perception of reality. They concentrated on the expression of their feelings, and left real objects in the background.
Above all expressionists valued the subjectivity of the act of creation. The principle of expression is more important than the principle of representation. The motifs of pain and scream are very common. The generation, traumatised by the massacre of the world war perceived the reality extremely subjectively, through the prism of emotions such as disappointment, anxiety and fear.

Expressionism

These Artists Influenced Expressionism Most Strongly:

Edward Munch. The artist suffered from neuroses; his best pictures were painted before the nervous breakdown which changed the way he perceived the world and conveyed his emotions. One of the most striking examples of expressionism is his famous work "The Scream".

Expressionism

Vincent Van Gogh. Most of his works are autobiographical and convey the thoughts, feelings and mental state of the artist. One of characteristic features of the artist's work is his use of allegories and symbols.

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Paul Gauguin. The French artist paid much attention to the colour for expressing his emotions. To convey emotional states and experiences, he used shades of colours of varying intensity.

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The peculiarity of expressionism is the use of smooth lines to depict objects and strokes that look rough. The artists tried to draw public attention to the loneliness of a person in a big city, to his/her emotional detachment which was later substituted by the new ideals of the world of capitalism.


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