expressionism

noun, often capitalized
ex·​pres·​sion·​ism | \ ik-ˈspre-shə-ˌni-zəm How to pronounce expressionism (audio) \

Definition of expressionism

: a theory or practice in art of seeking to depict the subjective emotions and responses that objects and events arouse in the artist

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Other Words from expressionism

expressionist \ ik-​ˈspre-​shə-​nist How to pronounce expressionism (audio) \ noun or adjective, often capitalized
expressionistic \ ik-​ˌspre-​shə-​ˈni-​stik How to pronounce expressionism (audio) \ adjective
expressionistically \ ik-​ˌspre-​shə-​ˈni-​sti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce expressionism (audio) \ adverb

Examples of expressionism in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Abstract expressionism is, as a movement in American art, an aberration. Brian T. Allen, National Review, "Actually, Iconic Documentary: An Absorbing Hour with Richard Estes," 22 Aug. 2020 Then there’s the occasional counterculture expressionism. René A. Guzman, ExpressNews.com, "5 San Antonio convenience stores with surprisingly gourmet, international offerings like micheladas, craft beer, smoked brisket and Japanese snacks," 9 June 2020 The Singer Laren's collection has a focus on modernism such as neo-impressionism, pointillism, expressionism and cubism. Bloomberg.com, "Van Gogh Painting Stolen From Dutch Museum Closed By Virus," 8 May 2020 The Singer Laren’s collection has a focus on modernism such as neo-impressionism, pointillism, expressionism, and cubism. Mike Corder, BostonGlobe.com, "Dutch museum says van Gogh painting stolen in overnight raid," 30 Mar. 2020 The Singer Laren's collection has a focus on modernism such as neo-impressionism, pointillism, expressionism and cubism. Bloomberg.com, "Van Gogh Painting Stolen From Dutch Museum Closed By Virus," 8 May 2020 In this material, de Wilde clearly sees an opportunity for heightened expressionism. Manohla Dargis, New York Times, "‘Emma’ Review: Back on the Manor, but Still Clueless," 20 Feb. 2020 The museum houses the collection of American couple William and Anna Singer, with a focus on modernism such as neo-impressionism, pointillism, expressionism and cubism. USA TODAY, "Vincent van Gogh painting stolen from Dutch Singer Laren Museum in overnight heist," 31 Mar. 2020 The Singer Laren's collection has a focus on modernism such as neo-impressionism, pointillism, expressionism and cubism. Mike Corder, Houston Chronicle, "Dutch museum says van Gogh painting stolen in overnight raid," 30 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of expressionism

circa 1901, in the meaning defined above

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“Expressionism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/expressionism. Accessed 25 Jan. 2021.

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