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

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 His screen work, however, tends to tamp down on the physicality and rely on his lantern-in-the-dark eyes and tempered expressionism. David Fear, Rolling Stone, 17 Mar. 2022 Her novel expressionism combined postmodern dance, Black dance traditions and experimentation, which in turn helped other Black experimental artists to flourish within their own practices. Danielle Broadway, Los Angeles Times, 3 Mar. 2022 Using his own form of expressionism, the Park City skier claimed the Olympic gold medal in men’s slopestyle, the U.S. freeski team’s first individual gold of the Beijing 2022 Olympics. Julie Jag, The Salt Lake Tribune, 15 Feb. 2022 Inspired by the intense experiences of World War I, filmmakers in 1920s Germany began experimenting with expressionism on the movie screen. Jodi Cilley, San Diego Union-Tribune, 20 Oct. 2021 With paintings and drawings extending from 1978 to 2016, the current show starts when Auerbach had already firmly established his mature style, which might be thought of as a kind of personal expressionism. Sanford Schwartz, The New York Review of Books, 11 Mar. 2021 With paintings and drawings extending from 1978 to 2016, the current show starts when Auerbach had already firmly established his mature style, which might be thought of as a kind of personal expressionism. Sanford Schwartz, The New York Review of Books, 11 Mar. 2021 With paintings and drawings extending from 1978 to 2016, the current show starts when Auerbach had already firmly established his mature style, which might be thought of as a kind of personal expressionism. Sanford Schwartz, The New York Review of Books, 11 Mar. 2021 With paintings and drawings extending from 1978 to 2016, the current show starts when Auerbach had already firmly established his mature style, which might be thought of as a kind of personal expressionism. Sanford Schwartz, The New York Review of Books, 11 Mar. 2021 See More

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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 24 May. 2022.

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