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Author(s): Rimbach, Guenther C.
1. Definition The term “baroque” denotes a style and a period between approximately 1580 and 1720 or even up to 1760. The Enlightenment introduced the word in a derogatory sense for the architecture of the High Renaissance, meaning something that was bizarre or against the classical rules. Soon it came to be used also for music and literature, where it had the sense of bombastic, affected, or unnatural. Not until the end of the 19th century were there hesitant attempts at rehabilitation (H. Wölffl…


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Author(s): Rimbach, Guenther C.
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 Russia), vorticism and imagism (England), and Orphism (France). An Italian, E. Marinetti (1876–1944), wa…