Expressionism art is one of those genres that I don’t know a whole lot about.
In my defence, Wikipedia says it’s notoriously hard to define. Hopefully that’s got me out of some trouble. My understanding of expressionist art though, is that it typically presents the world from a subjective point of view. It’s tendency is to distort reality to evoke ideas and emotions in the viewer.
Again, I’m not an expert, but it seems to me, “The Scream” by Edvard Munch fits the description pretty well. I can think of several occasions where I could have perhaps made a painting similar to that, and thereby entered the world of expressionism art.
This movement originated in Germany before World War I, although there were several artists prior to that time whose works could conceivably fit into that. Typically expressionism art is “attached” to 20th Century artworks.
It seems easy to slip into the idea that expressionism is dark and angst-ridden. However, there doesn’t seem to be any evidence to suggest that that’s how it should be. Joy, excitement and love are all powerful feelings worthy of expressing on your canvas.
Tips to create your own expressionist piece:
If you have teenage children & you want to paint angst, this will be very easy ;)
TIP: Distorting perspective can alter peoples' emotional responses to a painting.
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