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Author Lasko, Peter.

Title The expressionist roots of modernism / Peter Lasko
Published Manchester ; New York : Manchester University Press : Palgrave [distributor], 2003


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Description x, 196 pages : illustrations (some color), portraits (some color) ; 26 cm
Contents 1. German art around 1900: the Secessions and German Impressionism -- 2. The groups founded in towns and the countryside -- 3. The beginnings of Expressionism: the student days of the Brucke in Dresden -- 4. The break with direct visional experience -- 5. The Blaue Reiter -- 6. The theories of abstraction -- 7. Individualists -- 8. The contribution of Expressionism -- 9. The legacy of Expressionism
Summary "This book contends that it was in Germany between 1906 and 1914 that artists took the fundamental steps, intellectually as well as artistically, that were to determine the course art was to take for the rest of the century. It was the Russian emigre in Munich, Wassily Kandinsky, who first argued the case for total abstraction in art and for a total right of self-expression. It led directly to non-objective painting and, together with Marcel Duchamp's important contribution in France, to the nihilism of Dada and eventually to the post-1945 New York School. The author shows that since then, artists have gone well beyond abstraction in their exploitation of that search for originality granted to them by the theoretical position taken up in Germany after 1910." "This book will be of great value to researchers and teachers looking at twentieth-century art."--BOOK JACKET
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages [179]-185) and index
Subject Expressionism (Art) -- Germany.
Expressionism (Art) -- Germany -- Influence.
Modernism (Aesthetics) -- Germany.
Art, German -- 20th century.
Genre/Form Bildband
LC no. 2003056222
ISBN 0719064104 hb