Max Beckmann, Otto Dix, George Grosz, Emil Nolde, E.L. Kirchner, Paul Klee, Franz Marc, as well as the Austrians Oskar Kokoschka and Egon Schiele were among the generation of highly individual artists who contributed to the vivid and often controversial new movement in early-20th-century Germany and Austria: Expressionism. This publication introduces their work and places it within the cultural contexts and wider movements of the period.
The author, independent art historian Ashley Bassie, explains how Expressionist art led the way to a new, intense, evocative treatment of psychological, emotional, and social themes in the early 20th century. The book examines the developments of Expressionism and its key works, highlighting the often-intensely-subjective imagery and the aspirations and conflicts from which it emerged while focusing precisely on the artists of the movement.
Born in England in 1969, Ashley Bassie is an independent art historian, specialised in German Art. After graduating from the University of Manchester, the author conducted her research across Europe. She published several works creating a link between art and politics and centres her research on the first quarter of the 20th century.
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