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􀂃30 - Expressionism o At the turn of the...

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􀂃 Expressionism o At the turn of the 20 th century, the term referred specifically to artists in Europe, particularly Germany, in certain years: around 1903-1933. o It deals with certain fears in our life. Vampires, etc. o S. Kracaver, From Caligari to Hitler – this book makes the disturbing but powerful argument that expressionism in this period laid the groundwork for the rise of Hitler. 􀂃 The freedom from restraint, etc that was encouraged during this period o Expressionism aimed for the external representation of our inner life o It was very psychological, and dealt with elemental emotions o Some of the sources for the movement lay in the previous German Romantic movement of the previous century. o It also had to do with the situation of the Weimar republic in Germany. The system was very unstable, with enormous wealth gaps and great uncertainty. There was also a kind of apocalyptic sense of newness.
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