One of the many great things about living in Los Angeles is the wide variety of high-quality museums. A recent visit to the exhibit Expressionism in Germany and France: From Van Gogh to Kandinsky at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art inspired me to learn more about Expressionism. I had been a long time Kandinsky fan, but didn’t know much about the other artists of this period or their distinct style of art.
Overview of Expressionism
- The Expressionist style originated in the early 1900s in Europe. Many of the painters worked in Germany, France, Russia, and Austria.
- Where previous styles focused on accurately representing things as they appeared, Expressionist artists took inspiration from their own feelings and interpretations to create subjective works of art.
- There were several Expressionist groups that formed based on their shared philosophies and values: Der Blaue Reiter (The Blue Rider), Die Brücke (The Bridge), Bauhaus, and Die Neue Sachlichkeit (The New Objectivity).
- Some noted Expressionist artists include Wassily Kandinsky, Franz Marc, Emil Nolde, and Paul Klee.
Here are some highlights from the exhibit Expressionism in Germany and France: From Van Gogh to Kandinsky at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. The exhibit included Expressionist works along with the some of the artists that inspired the movement.