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Expressionism emerged simultaneously in various cities across Germany as artists responded to widespread anxiety lost feelings of authenticity and spirituality as wars came and went and technology drove rapid change in urban centers. In part a reaction against Impressionism and academic art, Expressionism was inspired most heavily by the Symbolist currents in late 19th-century art. Vincent van Gogh, Edvard Munch, and James Ensor proved particularly influential to the Expressionists, encouraging the distortion of form and the deployment of strong colors to convey a variety of anxieties and yearnings. The classic phase of the Expressionist movement lasted from around 1905 to 1920 and spread throughout Europe. Its example would later inform Abstract Expressionism, and its influence felt throughout the remainder of the century in German art. It was also a critical precursor to the Neo-Expressionist artists of the 1980s. (The Art Story)

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Chaim Soutine
Chaim Soutine
Russian-French, 1893–1943
Albin Egger-Lienz
Albin Egger-Lienz
Austrian, 1868–1926
Richard Gerstl
Richard Gerstl
Austrian, 1883–1908

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