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Expressionism
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1. Definition

Broadly speaking, “expressionism” refers to an artistic style flourishing in Europe in the early 20th century that emphasized subjectivity and expression of the full range of emotions—in every medium. More narrowly, it is often used for German literature and fine arts, especially in the period 1910–24. It was part of a general European reaction to positivism and naturalism. Parallel movements were futurism (Italy and …

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Rimbach, Guenther C., “Expressionism”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 19 October 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_E691>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512



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