Features of Expressionism

To give the expressionism art definition it is necessary to say that in it's broad sense it defines the art that prefers subjective to objective. This style developed parallel in different countries starting from 1905 when the German Expressionist movement began. The German expressionists were influenced the Fauvist style and it's bright colors but the former also added stronger linear effects and harsher outlines.

One of the two movements of expressionism was «Die Brücke» (The Bridge), inspired by van Gogh, Gauguin and primitive art. One of the most significant achievements of the movement activity was their revival of graphic arts. The name of the group was chosen not for no particular reason – German art was to become a bridge to the future, but the group failed to reach this goal because of the artists' divergence of opinion.

Expressionism art definition can be the following – an art that presents violently distorted world and imagination rather than external reality. The art style appeared as a reaction to realism and naturalism in visual art, as well as in poetry, cinema, drama. The features of expressionism in literature are abstract characterization and structural discontinuity (Ernst Toller, Georg Kaiser, and Walter Hasenclever plays), comparable distortions of accepted structures and syntax in favour of symbolized mood ( Georg Trakl, Gottfried Benn, August Stramm, and Franz Werfel poetry). Expressionism painting features violent color application, the distortion and exaggeration of shape. Music was also influenced by the style, where the feelings were expressed in the most powerful way (e.g. the Four Orchestral Songs op.22, 1916).

Under the expressionism art definition fall not only the above mentioned groups but also the artists that worked independently in other countries, such as Rouault, Soutine, Vlaminck, Kokoschka, Schiele. The creative works of these artists represent distorted natural images particular to realism and naturalism. The emphasis is made on the inner experience of the artists.

Expressionism art pictures represent intense emotions, but unlike other styles this term is applied to the art that appears as a reaction to social upheaval time. Being unimpressive aesthetically such work place an emphasis on communication through emotion. Such strong viewer emotional response is obtained by means of the drama and horror scenes depicted on canvas.

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