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Expressionism art – What qualities make artwork expressionistic? Find out below!

EXPRESSIONISM – Here’s the answer to what qualities make artwork expressionistic that you probably don’t know yet.

Art channels a person’s inner and deepest emotions apart from being essentially showing or applying one’s creative skill and imagination. Oftentimes, these creative skills are shown in a virtual form primarily appreciated by how it looks and how deep the message it actually relays.

Art has different forms and they are:

  • Painting
  • Sculpture
  • Literature
  • Architecture
  • Cinema
  • Music
  • Theater

Specifically, the painting is the form where a person showcases his creativity through the use of paint. Paint is the primary medium and the one who does this is called a painter. It could be done on a solid surface but usually on a canvas. Paints have different types such as oil, acrylic, and watercolor but one can also paint through pigments, dyes, inks, and other materials.

The painting also has various types like modernist, expressionist, classical, surreal, cubist, Chinese style, abstract, impressionist, and many more. And one of the most interesting among these is expressionism. Basically, an expressionist artwork is expressing oneself. The content conveys the emotional and spiritual work which allows the painter to distort the image, composition, and palette.

The distortion is to radically show the emotional effect to evoke moods and ideas.

To determine if an artwork is expressionistic, here are some signs to define it:

  • focuses on emotions and feelings instead of solely capturing the appearance of the subject
  • to exaggerate emotions, the painter uses vivid colors and bold strokes
  • Post-Impressionism, Fauvism and Symbolism are its influences

The most famous paintings of this are the ones Vincent van Gogh, Edvard Munch, and Henri Matisse have done.

See Van Gogh’s Portrait of Dr. Gachet, 1890 below:

Portrait of Dr. Gachet

The Scream of Munch (1893)

The Scream

Matisse’s Les toits de Collioure, 1905

Les toits de Collioure

Other key expressionist artists are:

  • Wassily Kandinsky
  • Franz Marc
  • Ernst Ludwig Kirchner
  • Karl Schmidt-Rottluff
  • Erich Heckel
  • Fritz Bleyl
  • Paul Klee
  • Auguste Macke
  • Egon Schiele


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