Expressionism Movement

In early twentieth century art, the tendency to depict not objective reality but subjective emotions and personal responses to subjects and events was called Expressionism. Color, drawing, and proportion was often exaggerated or distorted, and symbolic content was very important.

Revolting against the conventional aesthetic forms and cultural norms, expressionists felt a deep sense of social crisis, especially during the years prior to World War I. Many German expressionists rejected the authority of the military, education system and government. They felt deep empathy for the poor and social outcast, who were frequent subjects of their work.

Here are a couple different pieces of expressionist art, mostly from Germany, during the time of World War I. I think its some pretty brilliant stuff….

Wassily Kandinsky sought a spiritual reality beyond the outward appearances of nature and explored problems of form and color. Kandinsky’s art was capable of conveying emotions from the artist to observer through purely visual means without subject manner or literal symbols.

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And the research continues….

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My name is Jen and I am 21 years old, living in Long Island. Im currently going to school for Graphic Design because art is my main passion. I spend much of my time searching the web for intriguing artwork. If you are an artist and want me to write an article about your work, visit the contact page and send me an email. I would love to hear from you!

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