Expressionist



[ik-spresh-uh-niz-uh m] /ɪkˈsprɛʃ əˌnɪz əm/

noun
1.
Fine Arts.

2.
(often lowercase) Theater. a style of playwriting and stage presentation stressing the emotional content of a play, the subjective reactions of the characters, symbolic or abstract representations of reality, and nonnaturalistic techniques of scenic design.
3.
Literature. a technique of distorting objects and events in order to represent them as they are perceived by a character in a literary work.
4.
(usually lowercase) a phase in the development of early 20th-century music marked by the use of atonality and complex, unconventional rhythm, melody, and form, intended to express the composer’s psychological and emotional life.
/ɪkˈsprɛʃəˌnɪzəm/
noun
1.
(sometimes capital) an artistic and literary movement originating in Germany at the beginning of the 20th century, which sought to express emotions rather than to represent external reality: characterized by the use of symbolism and of exaggeration and distortion

an artist who seeks to portray the emotional effect of the subject, first recorded 1850 (adj.), from expression + -ist. Modern sense is from 1914, from expressionism (from 1908 as an artistic style or movement).

An artistic style that departs from the conventions of realism and naturalism and seeks to convey inner experience by distorting rather than directly representing natural images. The highly personal visions communicated in the paintings of Vincent van Gogh are early examples of expressionism. Edvard Munch and Georges Rouault are considered expressionist painters.

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