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Expressionism is an artistic and cultural movement born in Germany at the beginning of the 19th century. In painting, it is considered a component of Modernism.

The Expressionist movement advocates the supremacy of expression over description. That is, the quality of art is greater the more it contains the subjective expressiveness of the author. In this way, the skill of painters from previous periods such as Neoclassicism, Academicism, and even Impressionism, is depreciated and branded as "inhumane".

The most famous founder of the movement is Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, author of one of the most appreciated paintings of the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum:

  • "Fränzi in Front of a Carved Chair"

    Painted in 1910, its high value lies in being one of the earliest paintings of Expressionism.

The classic characteristics of Expressionist works are the use of strong colors, provocative themes, Naïve aesthetics, abstract forms, and subjective depth of field.

Furthermore, the attribute of "expressionist" is also given to those painters who, regardless of the period they belong to, practice a very characteristic art, which allows it to be classified as subjective, a good example of this is El Greco, who was known for his very personal style.

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One of the most notable examples of Expressionism is the pastel drawing on paper on board, made by the Norwegian Edvard Munch in 1893, this painting has reached one of the highest sale prices in history, 120 million dollars (2012).

  • "The Scream"

    Painted in 1893, it is considered a work with enormous emotional charge, for this reason, and because of the era when it was painted, it is considered a precursor of German Expressionism.

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