- (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.
Origin of Expressionism
Examples from the Web for expressionist
A 1984 self-portrait by the great Indonesian expressionist Affandi, who died in 1990.
An installation by South African animator William Kentridge, vaguely on the subject of time, recalls 1920s expressionist theater.The Art Exhibition Documenta Contains Almost Too Much Good Art to Experience|Blake Gopnik|June 9, 2012|DAILY BEAST
One porter is discovered leaning against an automatic sweet machine designed by an Expressionist sculptor.
An expressionist is one who expresses himself at all times in any way that is necessary and peculiar to him.Adventures in the Arts|Marsden Hartley
He is having it done into an expressionist placard and it will undoubtedly restore his standing with the Council of Ten.Erik Dorn|Ben Hecht
an artist who seeks to portray the emotional effect of the subject, first recorded 1850 (adj.), from expression + -ist. Modern sense is from 1914, from expressionism (from 1908 as an artistic style or movement).
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.