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Year 8 - Expressionism: Resources

Last updated October 2018.

Books on image techniques

Abstract Expressionism

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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