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Expressionism: Fauvism, The Bridge and the Blue Rider

Expressionism: Fauvism, The Bridge and the Blue Rider

Author: Erin Aldana
This lesson will explore some movements associated with Expressionism.
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Notes on "Expressionism: Fauves, the Bridge, and the Blue Rider"

Key Terms


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 Vasily 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 Credits

Gauguin, Vision after the Sermon, Public Domain, http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Paul_Gauguin_137.jpg, Van Gogh Starry Night, Public Domain, http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Vincent_van_Gogh_Starry_Night.jpg, Portrait of Madame Matisse; Public Domain: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Matisse_-_Green_Line.jpeg, Woman with a Hat; Public Domain: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Matisse-Woman-with-a-Hat.jpg, Matisse Joy of Life, Public Domain, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Bonheur_Matisse.jpg, Edvard Munch, The Scream, Public Domain, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:The_Scream.jpg, Kirchner, Dresden Street; Public Domain: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Kirchner_-_Die_Stra%C3%9Fe.jpg, Kirchener, Self-Portrait as a Soldier, Public Domain, Nolde, The Prophet, Public Domain, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:%27The_Prophet%27,_woodcut_by_Emil_Nolde,_1912.jpg, Nolde, The Burial, Public Domain, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Emil_Nolde,_1915,_Die_Grablegung_(Begravelsen,_The_Burial),_oil_on_canvas,_87_x_117_cm,_Stiftung_Nolde,_Seeb%C3%BCll.jpg, Kandinsky, The Blue Rider, Public Domain, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Kandinsky-Blue_Rider.jpg, The Large Blue Horses, Public Domain, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Franz_Marc_005.jpg, Marc, Fate of the Animals; Public Domain: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:The_Fate_of_the_Animals.jpg