German Expressionist Painter and member of the Blaue Reiter Movement
Education - Duesseldorfer Academy of Arts
Medium - Tempera on wood
Cause of Death - Died in battle (several bullet wounds) in the First World War
German Expressionists, August Macke, George Grosz, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Emil Nolde and Oskar Kokoschka dominated the art scene with powerful, emotional work based on the human struggle and futility of war. Macke asserted "What I most cherish is the observation of the movement of colors. Only in this have I found the laws of those simultaneous and complementary color contrasts that nourish the actual rhythm of my vision. In this I find the actual essence, an essence which is not born out of an a priori system or theory."
Many German Painters of this
generation lost friends on
the battlefield, were
wounded or suffered from
syndrome. Their soul searing
art-work is a reflection of
the turmoil and social
strife that they endured.
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