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A Curious Quiz About Expressionism

Let’s see if the artist in you understands Expressionism. Take this bold quiz to test your knowledge about the Expressionist art movement that created quite the stir!
Sucheta Pradhan Nov 19, 2020
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A modernist art movement, Expressionism originated in Germany, initially in the fields of painting and poetry, and then spreading to other areas like architecture, literature, music, theater, and film.
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Expressionism emerged in the beginning of the 20th century as an avant-garde or experimental style that sought to distort the notions of realism by laying emphasis on the emotional aspect.
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Expressionist art emerged as a disruptor when it came to showing physical forms in art. It used bright and vivid colors and portrayed the “inner emotions of the artists”.
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Edvard Munch was a Norwegian painter and symbolist who painted the world-famous Expressionist artwork, The Scream, in 1893. Currently, it is housed in the National Museum in Oslo.
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The German painter Franz Moritz Wilhelm Marc created The Red Horses in 1911. The painting portrayed two grazing horses and the third one drinking from a stream. The color of the horses emphasized on their earthly orientation.
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The famous Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh was actually pre-Expressionist. But his work that comprised vivid color, rough brushwork, and primitivist conception made it seem as if he anticipated the emergence of Fauvism and Expressionism.
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In the early 20th century, a group of French modern artists created artwork that emphasized on human emotions and strong color combination rather than realistic physical representation. Its French name is ‘les fauves’, literally meaning ‘wild beasts’.
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In 1913, the German painter August Macke, painted his famous ‘Woman in a Green Jacket’. It features a woman wearing a green jacket standing under a shady tree on a sunny day against the backdrop of a river.
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The French painter, Henri Émile Benoît Matisse, is considered to be the pioneer of Fauvism. He was also a draughtsman, printmaker, and sculptor.
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Der Blaue Reiter or the Blue Rider was an artist group formed by Russian emigrants like Alexej von Jawlensky, Marianne von Werefkin and other native German artists like Franz Marc and Paul Klee. They rejected the norms set by the ‘Munich New Association of Artists’ and laid the foundation for German Expressionism.