German Expressionism: Printmakers You Should Know About

A broader Expressionist movement was sweeping through northern and central Europe, deeply influencing fields like architecture, dance, painting, sculpture, and even cinema. The birth of German Expressionism was in Germany before the First World War with its peak during the 1920s in Berlin. Drawing inspiration from Van Gogh’s pioneering pieces such as Wheatfield with Crows and Starry, Starry Night, German expressionist painters usually distorted color, scale, and space in order to convey their own feelings about what they saw. This was in stark contrast to Impressionists, whose style sought to merely imitate what nature presented to them. German Expressionism became a bitter protest movement and style of modern art after the war scarred and embittered many of the artists.

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Lyonel Feininger

Lyonel Feininger

 

Erich Heckel

Erich Heckel

 

Ernst Ludwig Kirchner

Ernst Ludwig Kirchner

 

Otto Mueller

Otto Mueller

 

Emil Nolde

Emil Nolde

 

Max Pechstein

Max Pechstein

 

Karl Schmidt-Rottluff

Karl Schmidt-Rottluff

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