Expressionism is defined as, “an artistic and literary movement originating in Germany at the beginning of the early 20th century, which sought to express emotions rather than to represent external reality: characterised by the use of symbolism and exaggeration and distortion”.

Example(s) of Expressionism?


This is a more recent example of expressionism by  artist Laura Tedeschi. Nevertheless, this is still a prime example of expressionism. Evidently, this artwork seeks to express a diverse range of emotions through the manipulation of colours that have been used to form this man’s complexion.

the scream

Arguably one of the most famous paintings in the world, ‘The Scream’ by Edvard Munch, is another case of expressionism. Munch has created a piece of expressionism through the use of colour and (lack of) focus. These two techniques reveal the character’s high state of fear, as within the scenery (through colour manipulation) there appears to be an apocalyptic event. Munch exemplifies the notion of apprehension, hence it is a piece of expressionism.

vision of mars 2

This is a piece of art called ‘Vision of Mars 2’ created by an artist known as ‘Legshandshead’ on Deviantart. This is an exemplification of expressionism as it is incredibly abstract, far from any comparison to reality. The configuration of the characters present in the painting is arguably unique, however appears to be similar to ‘The Scream’. I believe this is because this artist has been influenced by Edvard Munch’s works, and has attempted to create an unearthly image, which he/she has. Therefore this is an example of expressionism as it portrays the emotion of awe and disbelief in a disturbing manner.


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