The History of Art And The Curious Lives of Famous Painters
The Expressionist Art Movement
"To restrict the artist is a crime. It is to murder germinating life." - Egon Schiel
Expressionist art movement was conceived in opposition to Impressionism.
The Expressionist painters required emotional drama, pure color and
innovation. Emil Nolde, German, Expressionist Painter observed,
"The art of an artist must be his own art. It is... always a continuous
chain of little inventions, little technical discoveries of one's own,
in one's relation to the tool, the material and the colors."
disdained dreamy landscapes, water lilies and Japanese bridges.
Controversial Austrian Expressionist Painter, Egon
Schiele asserted, "I must see new things and investigate them.
I want to taste dark water and see crackling trees and wild winds."
Expressionist painters looked inward at their own emotions, and less
upon the outside world for inspiration. Painters of the Expressionist
generation grew up on the battlefield, witnessing wartime atrocities
and returning to war ravaged countries.
Characteristics and Descriptive Words and Phrases associated with Expressionist Painting - Germany, early 20th century, emotional effects, emotional experience, avant-garde, emotional angst, Herwarth Walden, Der Sturm, Entartete Kunst, 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
Famous Expressionist Painters
James Ensor Belgian, 1860-1949 Expressionist Painter
Alexei Jawlensky Russian, 1864-1941 Expressionist Painter
Ernst Kirchner German, 1880-1938 Expressionist Painter
Paul Klee Swiss, 1879-1940 Expressionist Painter
August Macke German, 1887-1914 Expressionist Painter
Franz Marc German, 1880-1916 Expressionist / Fauvist
Edvard Munch Norwegian, 1863-1944 Symbolist/Expressionist
Emil Nolde German, 1867-1956 Expressionist Painter
Rouault French, 1871-1958 Expressionist Painter
Egon Schiele Austrian, 1890-1918 Expressionist Painter
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