Friday, October 1, 2010
Henri Matisse and German Expressionism
Henri Matisse, Madame Matisse
Henri Matisse, Harmony in Red
Henri Matisse, The Dance
Henri Matisse, The Red Studio
Henri Matisse, The Open Window
Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Self Portrait with Model
Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, The Street
Erich Heckel, Crouching Figure, sculpture
Emil Nolde, Christ Among the Children
Gustav Klimt, Athena
Gustav Klimt, Justice (destroyed)
Egon Schiele, Self Portrait with Webbed Fingers
Oskar Kokoschka, Portrait of Adolph Loos
Oskar Kokoschka, The Bride of the Wind
"Luxe, Calme, et Volupte"
Die Brucke (The Bridge)
Read Chapter 5 (for Matisse), and Chapter 6 (German Expressionism; read the section on Die Brücke).
Expressionism and the Movies
After the First World War, film directors in Central and Eastern Europe looked to German Expressionist artists for inspiration, for a new way to visually tell stories, and to affect the emotions of movie-goers.
The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, 1919
The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari was the first Expressionist movie, and one of the first horror films. It is the story of a murderous sleepwalker kept by a sinister sideshow magician, Dr. Caligari. The wildly distorted sets, inspired by the work of artists like Kirchner and Karl Schmitt-Rotluff, play a role that becomes apparent toward the end of the movie. All is not what it seems to be, as it turns out. The whole story is the vision of a paranoid obsessive. The exaggerated set suggests the world seen through the eyes of a madman.
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