European Expressionism at LACMA

From 8 June until 14 September 2014, Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) presents “Expressionism in Germany and France: from Van Gogh to Kandinsky”.

Appearing at the beginning of the 20th century, Expressionism was a modernist movement which placed the artist’s subjectivity at the fore — tending towards a deformation of reality to provoke an emotional reaction on the part of the spectator. Expressionist representations are often based on turbulent scenes, emulating trauma experienced during the First World War, deforming and stylising reality to reach a higher intensity of expression. Expressionism is often considered as a German movement, present across all forms of artistic expression — painting, architecture, literature, etc. —, notably led by Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Gabrielle Münter, Franz Marc and Wassily Kandinsky.

The originality of the exhibition “Expressionism in Germany and France: from Van Gogh to Kandinsky” lies in the international dimension attributed to a movement so often associated primarily with Germany. 135 works — 90 paintings and 45

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