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Line and colour become expressive. But how? If this doesn’t seem possible to you then think again. Our artists, gathered here, present their work and pictorial research in the lineage and continuity of expressionism artists. Take advantage of KAZoART’s selection to rediscover the expressiveness in art.
Expressionist artists gathered at the beginning of the 20th century around two main groups: Die Brücke and Der Blaue Reiter. The first of these groups is made up of visual artists Erich Heckel, Otto Dix, George Grosz, Emil Nolde and Ernst Ludwig Kirchner. These expressionism artists address painful and dark themes in their paintings such as the anguish of death and the apathy of violence. They do not paint what they see, but what they feel by transforming the reality of the figures they represent.
In contrast, the second group of expressionism artists whose leading figures are Franz Marc, Vasily Kandinsky and Auguste Macke favoured colour and its power over the human psyche as the incarnation of emotion.
It should be noted that none of these groups would certainly have been possible without the creativity and pictorial research of two eminent artists: Vincent Van Gogh and Edvard Münch.
Expressionism, a German artistic trend, appeared in the 20th century among artists who decided to no longer represent reality as it was but as they perceived it. It is therefore sensations, moods and exultations that will guide the hand of the expressionism artist.
Whether by form, motif or colour, these artists seek to express, contest and visually transmit a strong emotion to the person contemplating the work. Even if the canvas remains the expressionism artist’s favourite medium, expressionism is not reduced to a single technique and can come to life in painting, sculpture and literature.