- (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-moos]. /ɛksˌprɛs i oʊˈnɪs mʊs/. modern art, especially the experimental or nonacademic styles of contemporary art.
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How to use Expressionism in a sentence
Hitchcock's sensibility was being shaped by the German Expressionist masters.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days|David Freeman|December 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
“When I went to graduate school, I was still experimenting with being an abstract expressionist,” he said.
His colorful, glorious expressionist new works include numerous nude women.
Loeser is a self-described New Expressionist, but his aesthetics are more about talk than practice.
A 1984 self-portrait by the great Indonesian expressionist Affandi, who died in 1990.
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 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
Verse of deeper quality is furnished by amateurdom's foremost expressionist, Anne Tillery Renshaw, two of whose poems appear.Writings in the United Amateur, 1915-1922|Howard Phillips Lovecraft
One porter is discovered leaning against an automatic sweet machine designed by an Expressionist sculptor.
British Dictionary definitions for Expressionism
Derived forms of expressionismexpressionist, noun, adjectiveexpressionistic, adjective
Cultural 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.