Expressionism is an umbrella term that refers to international movements in art, architecture, literature, music, dance and theater that flourished between c. In the early 20th century, however, profound unrest and disillusionment with the forces of modernization characterized much of the ideology of artists involved with Expressionism. Der Blaue Reiterled by Franz Marc and Vassily Kandinsky, wanted to create the blueprints for an enlightened and liberated society which emphasized spirituality as opposed to cold industrialization.
Like many categories in art history, Expressionism was not a name coined by artists themselves. It first emerged around as a way to classify art that shared common stylistic traits and seemed to emphasize emotional impact over descriptive accuracy. Likewise, the Fauves in France exhibited similar characteristics in their work and are often linked to Expressionism.
Below are biographies and analysis of the work of the artists central to the Expressionism movement. Read more about the movement on the Expressionism Overview page. Quick View Detail View.
Although the term "abstract expressionism" was first applied to American art in by the art critic Robert Coatesit had been first used in Germany in in the magazine Der Sturmregarding German Expressionism. Technically, an important predecessor is surrealismwith its emphasis on spontaneous, automaticor subconscious creation. The newer research tends to put the exile-surrealist Wolfgang Paalen in the position of the artist and theoretician who fostered the theory of the viewer-dependent possibility space through his paintings and his magazine DYN. Paalen considered ideas of quantum mechanicsas well as idiosyncratic interpretations of the totemic vision and the spatial structure of native-Indian painting from British Columbia and prepared the ground for the new spatial vision of the young American abstracts.
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The Muriel Kallis Steinberg Newman Collection, comprising sixty-three modern paintings, sculptures, and works on paper by fifty artists, was given to the Metropolitan Museum in Its addition to the Museum's permanent collection greatly augments the Metropolitan's holdings of modern art, particularly works by the Abstract Expressionists. The Newman collection includes the only extant grouping of Abstract Expressionist works collected at the time of their creation.
ONE of the chief lessons taught by the ''new'' art history is how richly impure a thing art is: a product of influences and coincidences rather than of spontaneous generation. Much of the painting and sculpture is superbly imagined and executed. The surprise comes in discovering how few of the artists are familiar, even though their work ran on a parallel and often overlapping track with high-profile American abstraction of the postwar years.
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Courtesy the Honolulu Museum of Art. In the catalog essay for the exhibition, Papanikolas methodically formulates the alliance between Western abstraction and Eastern practices. While Kline openly expressed the incorporation of calligraphy in his work and shared these ancient styles with his colleagues, Hasegawa was taken by the free-flowing forms of Western abstraction and introduced works by Kline, Motherwell and other abstractionists to artists in Japan.