This comment was written by HAVC 135B on 2 Sep 2016.

HAVC 135B : German Art 1905-1945

What continuities exist between the Romanticist and Hegelian interest in art as a means of self-understanding and the motivations of Expressionist and Post-Expressionist artists?

The late 19th century often described their intent to represent the sublime in their work. By showing their subjects in poses which invite the audience to share in the experience, they wish to invoke thoughts of a more cerebral experience.
The expressionists, while using drastically different techniques, also hint at a deeper meaning being expressed in their work. Whether it is their non-realistic use of color, their use of abstract shapes, or their distorted representation of perception and perspective, they hint at the audience to think more of the meaning underlying the work, than the work itself.

- Summer 2016

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