Throughout his artistic career, Munch focused on scenes of death, agony, and anxiety in distorted and emotionally charged portraits, all themes and styles that would be adopted by the Expressionists.Here, in Munch's most famous painting, he depicts the battle between the individual and society.While his style was reminiscent of Van Gogh, Klimt, Munch and others, Schiele shaped the female form in a uniquely non-representational manner, often twisting the body and face, making him an early proponent of European Expressionism.
Art was now meant to come forth from within the artist, rather than from a depiction of the external visual world, and the standard for assessing the quality of a work of art became the character of the artist's feelings rather than an analysis of the composition.
Expressionist artists often employed swirling, swaying, and exaggeratedly executed brushstrokes in the depiction of their subjects.
These techniques were meant to convey the turgid emotional state of the artist reacting to the anxieties of the modern world.
century, Expressionist artists developed a powerful mode of social criticism in their serpentine figural renderings and bold colors.
A student of Futurism and Cubism, Marc was a master of color and depth, and a major influence on mid-twentieth-century abstractionists.
August Macke was a German painter and a leader in the Expressionist group The Blue Rider.
Their representations of the modern city included alienated individuals - a psychological by-product of recent urbanization - as well as prostitutes, who were used to comment on capitalism's role in the emotional distancing of individuals within cities.
On a walk he took with two friends at sunset, Edvard Munch described how "suddenly, the sky turned as red as blood ..
In part a reaction against Impressionism and academic art, Expressionism was inspired most heavily by the Symbolist currents in late-19-century art.
Vincent van Gogh, Edvard Munch, and James Ensor proved particularly influential to the Expressionists, encouraging the distortion of form and the deployment of strong colors to convey a variety of anxieties and yearnings.