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Art Movements in Art History - German Expressionism

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German Expressionism

Introduction to German Expressionism
Such an advocacy of subjective reality, antagonism to rationality and materialism,
emphasis on spiritual truth and desire to reclaim aspects of a preindustrial age are all
qualities that are to a greater or lesser extent evident in German Expressionist art more

The Brücke Group
Ernst Ludwig Kirchner was born in Ascheffenbrug in Franconia, and his family moved to
Chemitz in Saxony in 1889. In 1901 he enrolled for architectural studies at the Technische Hlochschule in Dresden, studies which he interrupted to attend painting classes in Munich in
1903 to 1904. He met Fritz Bleyl, Erich Heckel and Karl Schmidt-Rottluff when he returned
to resume his architectural studies in Dresden more

The Blaue Reiter Group
The Blaue Reiter group was founded and directed by Kandinsky and Marc, artists who were
involved essentially in exploring the same themes as those tackled by the Brucke, but who
placed a greater emphasis on spiritual reality and man's relationship to the universe. They
organised two exhibitions in Munich (1911 and 1912) more

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