- (usually lowercase) a manner of painting, drawing, sculpting, etc., in which forms derived from nature are distorted or exaggerated and colors are intensified for emotive or expressive purposes.
- a style of art developed in the 20th century, characterized chiefly by heavy, often black lines that define forms, sharply contrasting, often vivid colors, and subjective or symbolic treatment of thematic material.
- German Ex·pres·si·o·nis·mus [eks-pres-ee-oh-nis-moo s] /ɛksˌprɛs i oʊˈnɪs mʊs/. modern art, especially the experimental or nonacademic styles of contemporary art.
Examples from the Web for expressionism
It was his mix of expressionism and surrealism, however, that allowed Freud a legacy of admiration rather than notoriety.A New Book Gives A Rare Glimpse Into The Life of Lucian Freud|Erin Cunningham|October 22, 2013|DAILY BEAST
The committee later relented, declaring it a work of expressionism.
British Dictionary definitions for expressionism
Derived Formsexpressionist, noun, adjectiveexpressionistic, adjective
Culture definitions for expressionism
An artistic style that departs from the conventions of realism (see also realism) and naturalism (see also naturalism) and seeks to convey inner experience by distorting rather than directly representing natural images. The highly personal visions communicated in the paintings of Vincent van Gogh are early examples of expressionism. Edvard Munch and Georges Rouault are considered expressionist painters.