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Books on image techniques
Van Gogh Face to Face by
Call Number: 759.9492
"Published to accompany a major touring exhibition, this book brings together for the first time the great portraits from all periods of the painter's life."
Painting the Century by
Call Number: 757.09
For art lovers everywhere . . . a brilliant overview of portraiture from 1900 to 2000, featuring over 100 full-color master reproductions! Celebrates the work of Sargent, Modigliani, Warhol, and others with captivating text by the chief curator of Britain's National Portrait Gallery.
Call Number: 704.942
This work in the Basic Genre series features more than 35 photographs, descriptions, and interpretations of the featured works, and a brief biography of the artists.
A new vanguard emerged in the early 1940s, primarily in New York, where a small group of loosely affiliated artists created a stylistically diverse body of work that introduced radical new directions in art—and shifted the art world's focus. Never a formal association, the artists known as "Abstract Expressionists" or "The New York School" did, however, share some common assumptions.
Early on, the Abstract Expressionists, in seeking a timeless and powerful subject matter, turned to primitive myth and archaic art for inspiration
Expressionism in Film
An era of early German cinema (roughly 1910 to 1922), which shows the first implementation of a recognizable national cinema. The movement came about largely as a transition from WWI into the interwar years, however it also contains elements form the long term German cultural mindset, especially the literary fascination with Gothic.
Style and History
Germany at the time had just recovered from the consequences of World War I. Just like their fellow Germans, German Expressionists directors film felt disillusioned with reality and the world around them. As a result they made films that looked warped and distorted and were extremely surreal
Influence on early American Horror
Hollywood at first saw expressionist directors from Germany as best suited to direct horror movies which were just starting to gain popularity when they arrived in the USA. In fact some studios, like Universal would go onto to support and publish numerous projects run by German expatriates to great finanacial success
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Books with Expressionism topics in Senior Library
Call Number: 709.04
During the first two decades of the 20th century, many artists famously experimented with nonrepresentational expression. Taking cues from ideas hinted as by artists such as El Greco, Goya, Van Gogh, and Munch, Expressionists sought to transform reality rather than depict it in any sort of literal fashion. Egon Schiele, Max Beckmann, Paul Klee, and Wassily Kandinsky are among Expressionism's most famous exponents.
The Gorgon's Gaze by
Call Number: 791.430943 (FILM)
This interdisciplinary study of recurrent themes in German cinema as it has developed since the early twentieth century focuses on pertinent films of the pre- and post-World War II eras. The author explores the nature of expressionism, which is generally agreed to have ended with the advent of sound, and its persistence in the styles of such modern masters of film noir as Orson Welles and Ingmar Bergman. In considering the possibility of homologies between the necessary silence of pre-sound cinema and the widespread modernist aspiration to an aesthetic of silence, Coates relates theories of the sublime, the uncanny, and the monstrous to his subject. He also reflects upon problems of representability and the morality of representation of events that took place during the Nazi era.
German Expressionist Cinema by
Call Number: 791.430943 (FILM)
Before Hollywood's golden age, German expressionist film was arguably the most important cinematic movement in the medium's history. These 'symphonies of... iridescent movement' of Weimar cinema provide some of cinema's most iconic images, and its vivid contrasts and dark spaces constitute a major influence on Hollywood classics such as Citizen Kane(1941) and Sunset Boulevard (1950).
A face to the world : on self-portraits by
Call Number: 757
Focusing on the art of self-portraiture, this effortlessly engaging exploration of the lives of artists sheds fascinating light on some of the most extraordinary portraits in art history.
500 Self-Portraits by
Call Number: 757
'The mirror, above all - the mirror is our teacher', wrote Leonardo da Vinci.Portraits are an endless source of fascination, responding as they do to the basic human impulse to scrutinize a face and strive to peer into the person behind it. Self-portraits have the added fascination that comes from looking into the mirror and trying to study one's own face and the elusive self lurking behind its surface.This striking and sensitive compilation presents an uninterrupted sequence of 500 self-portraits, in chronological order, all the way from ancient Egypt to the late twentieth century and including painting, drawing, sculpture and photography.
Call Number: 757
Beginning in the 14th century and working its way through the ages up to the present day, this text examines the portrait via the most beloved and important examples in history. Featured artists include Simone Martini, Leonardo da Vinci, Rembrandt, Thomas Gainsborough, Ferdinand Hodler, Chuck Close and Andy Warhol.
Webpages on Expressionism
Context of Expressionism
According to Seth Taylor in his book, Left-Wing Nietzscheans: The Politics of German Expressionism, 1910-1920, the term “expressionism” originated in France “in order to differentiate Matisse…from the Impressionists,” and that in Germany, the term referred to the work of Vincent van Gogh and Edvard Munch.
Brucke Museum - Berlin
The museum is devoted exclusively to the group of artists called "Brücke". The group was founded in 1905 in Dresden by four students: Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Fritz Bleyl, Karl Schmidt-Rottluff and Erich Heckel. It is the oldest of the German groups of artists to have a decisive impact on the development of 20th century art
Expressionism in Art
Expressionism was an art movement associated mainly with German painting and film of the early 20th century, particularly following World War I. Expressionism had a strong influence on American film noir, due to the migration of German directors to Hollywood in the 1930s.
German Expressionism - MoMA website
This website documents the Museum's extraordinary collection of more than 3,000 Expressionist prints, drawings, paintings, sculptures, illustrated books, and periodicals, exploring the various artists, themes, and techniques associated with the major modernist movement that developed in Germany and Austria during the early decades of the 20th century
Biography and prints of artists from the period
World wide art resources
Expressionism encompasses all art in which the artist is free to move beyond the limitations of objective subject matter and to concentrate on the feeling and impact derived from the artist’s inspiration.
Artists by Movement : Expressionism
There are several different and somewhat overlapping groups of Expressionist artists, including Der Blaue Reiter ("The Blue Rider"), Die Brücke ("The Bridge"), Die Neue Sachlichkeit ("The New Objectivity") and the Bauhaus School
An online artist, artwork and museum database!
Cave to Canvas
Cave to Canvas began as a way to chronicle a college student’s passion for art and art history
ArtyFactory - The spirit of Expressionism Art
Expressionism is a term that embraces an early 20th century style of art, music and literature that is charged with an emotional and spiritual vision of the world.
Art History archive - Art terms glossary
An art movement of the early 20th century in which traditional adherence to realism and proportion was replaced by the artist's emotional connection to the subject. These paintings are often abstract, the subject matter distorted in color and form to emphasize and express the intense emotion of the artist.
German Expressionist cinema
The article author presents and analyses 10 works of German expressionist cinema