"Every age projects its own images into its arts."           Expressionism is a period of art that is known to be a part of the "modernist" movement. There were many other styles also involved in the modernist movement. Expressionism in particular is somewhat similar to impressionism because of the expression of thought and emotion. Expressionism differs from impressionism because it is even more abstract. It is a reaction against impressionism in a way because it focuses completely on conveying inner thoughts and feelings, rather than capturing a specific moment, as was the goal of impressionism. Expressionist artists focused on drawing their artistic inspiration from within rather than from their surroundings. Expressionism is said to have begun in Germany and caught hold initially in poetry and painting. This was a result of dissociative feelings during the time period that expressionism began and an increased amount of social criticism. Two of the best known artists during this time were Kandinsky and Kirchner. 

This piece shows a very abstract horse and rider, which is a well-known motif in Kandinsky's work. Kandinsky used animals in his work as a symbol of breaking free and rebirth. With his work, he really tried to break the barrier between reality and imagination, as can be seen with the use of color and shapes. The flowing motion in this picture and swirling brush strokes was a common characteristic of this artistic period.
This piece was created as an illustration for a poem that Kandinsky wrote. His main goal with this piece, beside illustrating his other work, was to show the relationship humans had with nature. The shapes are supposed to represent women and shrubs. The movement in the piece is supposed to show the cohesiveness and emotion of the scene.
A major part of expressionism is the interpretation of the viewer. Through this piece, Kandinsky is still conveying a strong message, even though it is mostly composed of straight lines and points. The interesting thing about this piece is that each line, each motion, and each point is supposed to show a different feeling, thought, and emotion.
This image is an interpretation of a certain Hungarian dance, as seen in the attached video. In this piece, you can really see how artists during this time period distorted their subject in order to convey ideas and how the artist interpreted their feelings.
This piece of artwork is yet another example of this artist's personal interpretation of the feelings in a moment. Kirchner's work isn't as abstract as Kandinsky's, but expresses emotion in similar ways (through color, shape, and movement in the photo).
This painting has a unique subject matter compared to many other paintings created during this time. It shows a very ordinary scene with some distorted characteristics. This is because of Kirchner's personal style and how he chooses to express his thoughts.
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