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    Marcel Duchamp (1887- 1968)  French Dadaist

Nude Descending a Staircase, No. 2 c. 1920

one of the greatest paintings of all time


 "I have forced myself to contradict myself in order to avoid conforming to my own taste." - Marcel Duchamp
    1887- 1968

Expressionist art was conceived in opposition of Impressionism.  The Expressionist craved emotional drama, pure color and innovation. Otto Dix asserted "All art is exorcism. I paint dreams and visions too; the dreams and visions of my time. Painting is the effort to produce order; order in yourself. There is much chaos in me, much chaos in our time."

 Expressionist painters looked inward at their own emotions, and less on the outside world. Painters of the Expressionist generation grew up on the battlefield, witnessing wartime atrocities and returning to war ravaged countries.

Key Descriptive Words  and Phrases associated with Expressionist Painting -   Germany, early 20th century, emotional effects, emotional experience, avant-garde, emotional angst, Herwarth Walden, Der Sturm, graphic art, Die Brücke, Der Blaue Reiter, Friedrich Nietzsche, psychological depths, symbolic colors, exaggerated imagery, human psyche, exaggeration, primitivism, jarring colors, self-expression, expression intensity, printmaking, psychological,emotional themes, existential anguish, industrial modern age, individual genius, sense of movement, energy


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