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Expressionism refers to an early 20th century style that began in Germany. The work from this style, rather then focusing on a physical reality, aimed to project an emotional experience for the viewer. Many of the artists used distortion of reality, exaggerated lines, explosive color, and untraditional techniques to create a mood or feeling within their paintings, usually focusing on angst or despair. It was used to illuminate the artist’s emotional state of mind rather then present an absolute reality. Expressionism was a direct influence for surrealism and abstract expressionism.


Edvard Munch was an important expressionist best known for his work “The Scream,” which is a highly recognizable piece of art. “The Scream” uses a simplified figure that possesses a corpse like appearance and heavy whimsical brushwork to capture the turmoil, anxiety, and despair of the artist’s soul. Franz Marc was another prominent expressionist painter who took his expressionist point of view further using a style reminiscent to cubism. Wassily Kandinsky was apart of the expressionist group Der Blaue Reiter, or the Blue Rider, which is when he produced “Composition VII” a complex painting that displayed vibrant color and complicated entanglement of lines and shapes.


“Color is the keyboard, the eyes are the harmonies, the soul is the piano with many strings. The artist is the hand that plays, touching one key or another, to cause vibrations in the soul."- Wassily Kandinsky,


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Edvard Munch - An early expressionist painter most famous for his agonizing work “The Scream.”


Wassily Kandinsky - A expressionist painter and  member of “Blaue Reiter”  his later work evolved into abstractionism.






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