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
expressionistplay \ik-ˈspre-shə-nist\ noun or adjective, often capitalized
expressionisticplay \ik-ˌspre-shə-ˈni-stik\ adjective
expressionisticallyplay \ik-ˌspre-shə-ˈni-sti-k(ə-)lē\ adverb
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Mr. Sanders, 76, played with John Coltrane near the end of his life, seeming to inherit Coltrane’s affinity for global folk musics, Eastern spirituality and caterwauling expressionism.
Expressionism is a style meant to release and reveal emotion, not especially capture visual reality.
Buvala's work incorporates abstract with expressionism mainly using charcoal on paper and found objects such as wood, glass, metal and more.
Abstracting from life was also striking the art world during this time, with abstract expressionism giving way to color-field painting and pop art.
Pieces such as these, Hickson said, were a break from the nonrepresentational abstract expressionism.
Back then, when Mr. Katz was in his mid-20s, such works were a daring departure from the reigning abstract expressionism.
From German expressionism to film noir, black and white films have pushed the boundaries of movie-making, as RocketJump Film School outlines in an incredibly in depth analysis of the style.
I wasn’t impressed with most of it, resembling something done on LSD which is less interesting when the drug wears off – a weak abstract expressionism with distorted apparitions here and there.
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