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Expressionism

Expressionism

The Origin of Angst

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Exhibition
September 27, 2020 - February 28, 2021

Max Beckmann: Day and Dream. Eine Reise von Berlin nach New York

Max Ernst Museum, Brühl
Exhibition
October 13, 2020 - March 15, 2021

Collection Morozoz

Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris
Exhibition
October 18, 2020 - May 16, 2021

Writing the Future Basquiat and the Hip-Hop Generation

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Exhibition
October 27, 2020 - March 14, 2021

Expresionismo alemán

Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid
Exhibition
December 09, 2020 - April 05, 2021

Städels Beckmann - Beckmanns Städel

Städel Museum, Frankfurt
Exhibition
December 09, 2020 - April 05, 2021

Beckmann in Frankfurt

Städel Museum, Frankfurt
Exhibition
February 04 - May 30, 2021

Klimt. Inspired by Monet, Van Gogh, Matisse…

Belvedere, Vienna

Expressionism

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Expressionism was a modernist art movement that sought to depict emotional states beyond visible reality, immersing the self completely within the painting process. These artists distanced themselves from painting the natural world in flux, like the work of the Impressionists, which they perceived as pretty, innocuous decoration for the home and fireside. Instead, Expressionists privileged the internal emotional landscape of the individual, using vivid color, brutally reduced forms, and strange angles to created a distorted, exaggerated material world representative of our psyche. Drawing inspiration from work as early as that of El Greco, Expressionism developed from the early 1900s to 1930s, its brash and “ugly” aesthetic permeating the work of German groups Die Brücke (The Bridge) and Der Blaue Reiter (The Blue Rider). Bringing crude forms and clashing colors to the Weimar Republic, this firmly grounded the expressionist movement into the early 20th century.

Screaming, writhing, and warping, many key Expressionist works detail states of extreme emotion at the expense of “objective” reality. These images had a fraught relationship with dominant conventions of artistic representation, including Realism and Naturalism. Alongside other movements like Cubism, Surrealism, and Dadaism, Expressionists conjured up images of the collective anxiety felt by those alienated by city life, giving a face to the dehumanizing effects of industrialization and absence of authenticity and spirituality.

TASCHEN’s books on Expressionism include a wide range of Basic Art Series titles detailing the careers of precursors and most prominent practitioners, as well as later artists directly drawing upon the Expressionist aesthetic. From painting to film, theater to literature, and architecture to dance, these artists left no discipline untouched in their quest to depict the emotional and physical aftermath of war and social upheaval.