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Expressionism is an artistic movement emphasizing the expression of emotional experience over physical reality. It often features distorted, exaggerated perspectives to evoke moods or ideas.



Originating in Germany in the early 20th century, Expressionism developed as a reaction against realism and Impressionism. It was influenced by the socio-political climate of the time, particularly the angst of the modern industrial world.

Key Artists

  • Edvard Munch
  • Wassily Kandinsky
  • Ernst Ludwig Kirchner

Frequently Asked Questions

What defines Expressionism in art?
Expressionism is defined by its focus on representing emotional experiences and subjective perspectives, often through exaggerated, distorted forms.

How did Expressionism influence modern art?
Expressionism influenced numerous contemporary art movements, including Abstract Expressionism, and set the stage for artists to prioritize emotional depth in their work.