3 Tutorials that teach Expressionism
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Author: Aleisha Olson
This lesson will explore some movements associated with Expressionism.
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This lesson discusses different forms of Expressionsm, including Fauvism, The Bridge, and The Blue Rider.

Notes on "Expressionism"

Terms to Know


An art movement that is characterized by exaggerated and distorted forms and colors used by artists as a technique to increase an emotional reaction from the viewer.


A 20th-century experimental art movement, deriving from the French word fauve, meaning "wild beast"; distinguished by the use of bold colors and spontaneous brushstrokes.

The Bridge

A 20th-century German expressionistic art movement consisting of a group of artists whose work is characterized by distinctively bold colored landscapes and portraits.

The Blue Rider

An informal group of early 20th-century artists associated with Vassily Kandinsky and Franz Marc whose work was recognized for using abstracted forms and colors.


The experience of one sense as another; for example visually sensing sound.



Image of Matisse, Portrait of Mme Matisse (The Green Stripe), Fair Use According to Wikipedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Matisse_-_Green_Line.jpeg; Image of Matisse, Woman with a Hat, Fair Use According to Wikipedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Matisse-Woman-with-a-Hat.jpg; Image of Kirchner, Street, Dresden, Public Domain, http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Kirchner_-_Die_Stra%C3%9Fe.jpg; Image of Kandinsky, Improvisation 28 (second version), Creative Commons, http://missphillipsart.wikispaces.com/Wassily+Kandinsky%C2%A0Improvisation+28; Image of Marc, The Fate of the Animals, Public Domain, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:The_Fate_of_the_Animals.jpg