• Recommended Readings & Syllabus

    Recommended Books

    1. For a longer, larger format with detailed descriptions of the artists, containing many large colored reproductions, select:

    Expressionism. A Revolution in German Art, Dietmar Elger, (TASCHEN 25th Anniversary Series, 2007). ISBN: 3822831948

    1. For a shorter, condensed text, which contains only basic information, select:

    Expressionism, Norbert Wolf, (TASCHEN, 2019). ISBN:  978-3-8365-0528-4


    Session #1 - The founding, philosophy and manifesto of the second great German Expressionist group: Der blaue Reiter; Der Blaue Reiter Almanach; Wassily Kandinsky, life, writings and works; Gabriele Münter: biography, artworks, and relationship with Kandinsky.

                             Readings: https://www.theartstory.org/artist/munter-gabriele/life-and-legacy/

    Session #2 – Franz Marc, his friendship with August Macke; Paul Klee; Klee and August Macke: trip to Tunesia; and the great Jewish artist, Marc Chagall (although not an Expressionist).

                            Readings: https://www.khanacademy.org/humanities/art-1010/early-abstraction/expressionism1/a/franz-marc-and-the-animalization-of-art

    Session #3 – Marianne Werefkin and Alexej von Jawlensky; Natalia Goncharova (briefly a member of Blaue Reiter); Ludwig Meidner; Expressionism in poetry, drama, dance, and architecture; Fritz Lang and Expressionism in German film.


                            Readings:  https://www.studiobinder.com/blog/german-expressionism-film/                                                

                            Films:  The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920); Metropolis (1927); Nosferatu (1922); M (1931)

    Session #4 – If time permits, we will look at Käthe Kollwitz (not technically considered an Expressionist painter); The Great War and the fate of the artists; post-war period and the November Revolution; Nazi attitude toward Expressionism; Elfriede Lohse-Wächtler; the exhibition on Entartete Kunst; The Great German Art Exhibition (in Haus der Kunst); death of Expressionism.                                   

                            Readings: https://www.vam.ac.uk/articles/entartete-kunst-the-nazis-inventory-of-degenerate-art


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