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Expressionism was united by a rejection of Impressionism and a search for an inner, essential reality behind the external world of appearances. Nietzsche's writings also inspired Expressionists to emphasize "personal expression" during the creative process that rendered their works jarring, apparently unresolved and distorted. In this accessible introduction to the history of Expressionism, the characteristics of the movement are surveyed less in terms of a cohesive style than from the perspective of the milieu in modern German culture. The works of both well-known and less familiar artists are considered. In particular, the impact of the First World War is examined in light of the Utopian concerns of sculptors, architects, and painters. Expressionism's demise during the 1920s and the Third Reich is traced through to the reemergence of the tradition after the Second World War.Read more
- An introductory text that also encompasses the most recent research on Expressionism
- Excellent bibliography to direct the student or interested reader to further reading
- Considers women artists within Expressionism
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"This handy introductory text is a clear and focused account of the diverse range of modernist cultural practice that is normally grouped under the banner of 'Expressionism'." Dorothy Rowe, University of Surrey, RoehamptonSee more reviews
"This handy introductory text is a clear and focused account
of the diverse range of modernist cultural practice that is
normally grouped under the banner of 'Expressionism'. Behr
delineates the origins, meanings and historiography of the
term before going on to provide a thematically structured
approach to the art and artists commonly associated with it.
A particular strength of the book is the inclusion of
references to primary material not normally included in introductory texts of this nature as well as an extensive
"...part of an interesting series that has some strengths and weaknesses for school use. It's handy to have art books that are so thin and easy to handle." Kliatt
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- Date Published: April 2000
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9780521788472
- length: 80 pages
- copublisher: Tate Gallery
- dimensions: 242 x 172 x 13 mm
- weight: 0.263kg
- contains: 20 b/w illus. 40 colour illus.
- availability: Unavailable - out of print December 2006
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