Posted: February 19, 2013 in art
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Franz Marc ‘Fighting Forms’

August Macke ‘Lady in a Green Jacket’

Edvard Munch ‘The Scream’

Expressionism looks within to a world of emotional and psychological states rather than without to a fluid world of fleeting realism, as with impressionism. In their eagerness to develop a style with greater emotional force, the expressionist artists turned away from naturalism. With Van Gogh and Gauguin as their point of departure, these painters distorted outlines, applied strong colors, and exaggerated forms to convey their intentions.

Expressionists are fully conscious of the visible world, but they leave behind the classical idea of art as an imitation of nature. They close their eyes to explore the mind, spirit, and imagination. They would agree with the saying that feeling is all, and they welcomed Freud’s delving into the subconscious, which revealed a new world of emotion in the dark drives, hidden terrors, and mysterious motivations underlying human behavior. The expressionists are well aware that they inhabit a number of complex overlapping worlds to be explored which are not seen by the eye and which are not subject to logic.

To describe their reactions to physical, psychical, and spiritual events, the expressionists alter, distort, and color their images according to the intensity of their feelings. Expressionism, then, may range from quiet nostalgic moods, through sudden shock reactions and hysterical outbursts, to screaming nightmares. The results of such excursions into the subconscious may be quite uneven, but the artists’ passport to these nether regions is nonetheless valid. (Fleming, Arts & Ideas, 7th Edition 1986)

-Roz Barron Abellera

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