Tue, 18 Jun, 2024


Expressionism in Painting


By Sarthak Singh

Image Source: ArtinContext 

Art is a diverse range of human activity that involves imagination, emotions, beauty, and concepts to express the artist's feelings. Art is a very deep and diverse subject. Sometimes art comes through drawing/ paintings and sometimes through music or literature. All these acts are art.

As time passed on, many different forms of art have been found. Among those new forms of art, Expressionism is also a new and famous form of art. Expressionism is a form of painting, music, or drama in which the artists express their inner thoughts and ideas which might be completely different from reality.

The painting of Vincent Willem van Gogh’s “The Starry Night”.

Die Brücke(The Bridge) was a very famous expressionism art group which was created by four German Architectures Ernest Ludwig Kirchner, Fritz Bleyl, Karl Schmidt-Rottluff, and Erich Heckel who desired to become famous painters in the city of Dresden. Die Brücke was a group that was inspired by the paintings of the Dutch artist, Vincent Willem van Gogh who is also known as the father of expressionism art. Die Brücke was formed in 1905 A.D and the group came to an end around 1913 A.D. The group didn't last very long but its influence impacted greatly on the art of the 19th and the 20th century.

The artists are very expressive using colors that express their emotions and feelings. These paintings are extremely unique and it is said that the watcher if they understand art then they can hallucinate and create their own meaning watching these paintings.

The painting of “Marzella” by Ernst Ludwig Kirchner

When creating an expressionism painting, The artists use different colors to express their emotions like joy, anger, hate, love and all the other feelings they have. Many expressionistic artistic pieces are known for their hallucinating quality. The viewers can stare into the painting and then be lost in their own world and imagine and interpret the painting which may be completely different from what the artist tried to portray.

Some of the most famous expressionism paintings are Marzella by Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Naked Man with Rat by Lucian Freud, and The Starry Night by Vincent Van Gogh.

Vincent Willem van Gogh once quoted “I want to touch people with my art. I want them to say, “he feels deeply, he feels tenderly.” which I believe is the one thing that every artist desires and shows how personal and emotional these paintings can be.


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