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Anyone who directly and genuinely renders what drives him to create is one of us, proclaimed the manifesto of Die Brucke (The Bridge), a close-knit group of artists who first met in Dresden in 1905. Its founding members were four Jugendstil architecture students: Fritz Bleyl, Erich Heckel, Karl Schmidt-Rottluff and Ernst Ludwig Kirchner. Eschewing the contemporary academic styles and subjects, these four artists instead looked to their German art heritage to make a bridge with the past, favoring such artists as Albrecht Durer, Matthias Grunewald and Lucas Cranach the Elder. They also drew on Fauvist and Primitivist art in their quest for unhindered expression and, with this combination of resources, propelled German art into the twentieth century. In works by Die Brucke, color diverged from nature and became a record of emotion; forms were radically simplified, or exaggerated and distorted; bohemian subject matter argued for a Socialist politics. Their nudes, landscapes and urban scenes--featuring depictions of dances, cabarets, cafes and the sorts of street encounters that were typical of Berlin in the years after 1911--are among the greatest works produced by early-twentieth-century artists. Containing important paintings, sculptures and prints by Heckel, Kirchner, Otto Mueller, Emil Nolde, Max Pechstein and Karl Schmidt-Rottluff, this invaluable volume is a definitive record of the birth of Expressionism.

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ISBN:
9783775723510
Author:
Heller, Reinhold
Publisher:
Hatje Cantz Publishers
Editor:
Walen, Audrey
Editor:
Stoll, Diana
Subject:
History - Modern (Late 19th Century to 1945)
Subject:
European
Subject:
Art - General
Publication Date:
20090331
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
231
Dimensions:
11.40x9.50x1.00 in. 3.57 lbs.

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