Expressionism in Germany and France: From Van Gogh to Kandinsky, showing this year from June 8 to Sept. 14, is one of the most highly anticipated summer exhibitions coming soon to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA).
For those of you who haven't taken an art history class, expressionism is an artistic movement in which pictorial imagery is depicted through dramatically expressive colors and brushworks.
Expressionism in Germany and France is the first major exhibition where expressionism is presented not only as a distinctive German style, but also as an international movement. Yes, expressionism has come to be recognized as a predominately German movement, but this exhibit will demonstrate that expressionism was born from a shared advance toward modernism among French and German artists.
More than 40 artists—including Wassily Kandinsky, Emil Nolde and Gabriele Münter—will be represented in more than 90 paintings, 45 works on paper and approximately 30 ephemera objects.
In this exhibit, we will see the modern masters’ (including Van Gogh and Paul Cézanne) works of art that expressionists studied.
Here are three pieces of art that you should be excited to view at LACMA’s Expressionism in Germany and France!
Paul Gauguin, The Swineherd (Le Gardien de porcs)
Paul Gauguin was a leading French expressionist known for his distinguishable use of colors and synthetist style. Van Gogh mostly influenced his work. As an oil painting on canvas, The Swineherd portrays a peaceful pastureland with bright colors and vividness.
Wassily Kandinsky, Arabian Cemetery (Arabischer Friedhof)
Wassily Kandinsky was a Russian representative of expressionism. He is credited with painting the first purely abstract works rich with forms, colors and inner experience. His painting Arabian Cemetery captures the characteristics of expressionism well, and expresses the artist’s new adaptions and aesthetic understandings.
Franz Marc, The Stony Path (Mountains/Landscape)
Franz Marc is one of the representatives of the German expressionist movement. Most of his mature masterpieces portray animals characterized by bright colors and a profound sense of emotion. As a painting of a natural landscape, The Stony Path is depicted through dramatic, expressive patterns integrated with Marc’s individual perceptions, feelings and psychologies.
Not only will Expressionism in Germany and France: From Van Gogh to Kandinsky feature beautiful masterpieces, but the exhibit will probably make you want to take one or two art history classes!
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