Expressionism
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An art movement dominant in Germany from 1905-1925, especially Die Brücke and Der Blaue Reiter, which are usually referred to as German Expressionism, anticipated by Francisco de Goya y Lucientes (Spanish, 1746-1828), Vincent van Gogh (Dutch, 1853-1890), Paul Gauguin (French, 1848-1903) and others. This is how www.artlex.com defines Expressionism.


While searching the Internet for expressionist works, I stumbled upon a work simply entitled Composition VI by Wassily Kandinsky. Kandinsky worked and studied in Munich from 1896 to 1914. In 1911, together with the German painter Franz Marc, he established a group of innovatory German artists called The Blue Rider (Der Blaue Reiter). Kandinsky\'s work evolved towards non-representational painting. Initially, Kandinsky wanted this painting to be entitled Flood. Swirling piles of matter run riot like waves; lit up by flashes of lightning and soaked in thundery showers, they create an impression of universal catastrophe. This painting explores an almost surreal world of color and shape. It has some Picasso like qualities with the lack of discernable figures.