expressionism

modernist art movement

Expressionism is a modernist movement, initially in poetry and painting, originating in Germany at the beginning of the 20th century. Its typical trait is to present the world solely from a subjective perspective, distorting it radically for emotional effect in order to evoke moods or ideas. Expressionist artists have sought to express the meaning of emotional experience rather than physical reality.Expressionism developed as an avant-garde style before the First World War. It remained popular during the Weimar Republic, particularly in Berlin. The style extended to a wide range of the arts, including expressionist architecture, painting, literature, theatre, dance, film and music.The term is sometimes suggestive of angst. In a historical sense, much older painters such as Matthias Grünewald and El Greco are sometimes termed expressionist, though the term is applied mainly to 20th-century works. The Expressionist emphasis on individual and subjective perspective has been characterized as a reaction to positivism and other artistic styles such as Naturalism and Impressionism.
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movement: expressionism

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Alfred Döblin

German expressionist novelist

works

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Berlin Alexanderplatz

book by Alfred Döblin

author: Alfred Döblin

1929

November 1918: A German Revolution

tetralogy of novels by Alfred Döblin

author: Alfred Döblin

1948

Berge Meere und Giganten

book by Alfred Döblin

author: Alfred Döblin

1924

Tales of a Long Night

novel by Alfred Döblin

author: Alfred Döblin

1956

Author

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Josef Čapek

Czech painter and writer

works

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Klapzubova jedenáctka

humoristická povídka českého spisovatele Eduarda Basse

author: Eduard Bass
illustrator: Josef Čapek

1922

Pictures from the Insects' Life

Theatre play by Karel and Josef Čapek

author: Karel Čapek, Josef Čapek

Adam the Creator

play written by Karel and Josef Čapek

author: Karel Čapek, Josef Čapek

Devatero pohádek

literair werk van Karel Čapek

author: Karel Čapek, Josef Čapek

1932

Author

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Wassily Kandinsky

Russian painter

Author

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Paul Klee

German painter

Author

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Gottfried Benn

German novelist, poet

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