17 nov c - Modernist Art in the Early 20th Century...

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Modernist Art in the Early 20 th Century
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Henri Matisse, Woman with the Hat (1905) oil on canvas, 2’ 7 ¾” x 1’ 11 ½” Expressionism in the visual arts refers to an artist’s conscious effort to convey his inner emotional state and/or personal vision rather than conveying literary, symbolic or moral values. Expressionism also avoids “visually describing the empirical world.” The first critics who responded to this type of painting called its practitioners “fauves,” which means “wild beasts.” Though the term was intended as an insult, artists adopted it, calling themselves “Fauvists” who practiced “Fauvism.” According to Matisse, “fauvism … rejected imitative colors, and with pure colors … obtained stronger reactions.”
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Henri Matisse, Red Room (Harmony in Red) oil on canvas, approx. 5’ 11” x 8’ 1”
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Ernst Ludwig Kirchner Street, Dresden (1908) oil on canvas 4’ 11 1/4” x 6’ 6 7/8” Die Brücke “manifesto”: “With faith in development and in a new generation of creators and
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This note was uploaded on 04/26/2009 for the course ARTS 150 taught by Professor Caffey during the Spring '08 term at Texas A&M.

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