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Die Brucke Expressionism

Germany and France each had its individual Fauve motions but the boundaries between them remained open. The people in Die Brücke and Fauvism noticed one another carefully , sharing exactly the same desire to exalt shade and liberate range, even in the event the concerns of Matisse’s pals had been much more formal than those of Germans whoever "goal had not been refinement" as Heckel revealed, nevertheless the immediacy of expression.

1. Emil Nolde (1867-1956)
Frisian Homes I, 1910
Oil on Canvas - 64 x 84 cm
Berlin, Brücke Museum
Picture : Stiftung Seebüll Ada und Eml Nolde

2. Cuno Amiet (1868-1961)
Still- life with Flowers, 1908
Oil on Canvas - 40 x 32 cm
Berlin, Brücke Museum
Photo : Brücke Museum

Regardless of this emulation during the time, French organizations have not usually showcased events on Die Brücke , making the one staged these days because of the Musée de Grenoble much more interesting, with about 120 works lent by the Brücke Museum in Berlin ; the convention will then proceed to Quimper after that summer time. The catalogue posted for the celebration categorizes the functions singer (thus describing, although not excusing, the possible lack of an index). Visitors will discover a biographical presentation for each artist, after that full page reproductions with entries and commentaries unfortunately relegated to your straight back for the book.

3. Maximum Pechstein (1881-1955)
Fisherman VII, 1911
Engraving on Panel - 29.2 x 24.3 cm
Berlin, Brücke Museum
Picture : Max Pechstein Urheberrechtsgemeinschaft,
Hamburg/ Tökendorf
ADAGP, Paris, 2012

The chronological theme is clear, distinguishing three significant stages : the first many years in Dresden (1905-1907), then assertion of a typical style during "the freedom many years" (1909-1911), and finally the greater somber Berlin period before dissolution of this team in 1913 prior to the outbreak of World War I.
All of it started in Dresden in 1905, whenever four youthful musicians - Karl Schmidt-Rottluff, Ernst Kirchner, Fritz Bleyl and Erich Heckel - indicated their resistance toward scholastic art and social conventions regarding the Wilhelmine stage, without in fact determining an artistic system or particular style. "We want to conquer our freedom of activity and life in face of well-known causes of history " they proclaimed. Heckel, once more, emphasized : "what we needed to leave behind, ended up being clear to united states - where it could lead us, was, real, significantly less so" . Die Brücke ("the bridge") ended up being formally produced in 1906 ; besides its symbolic price making the musician a "messenger", this title had been without doubt impacted by Nietsche : "what is excellent in guy is that he's a bridge and not an-end : exactly what do be liked in man, usually he is an overture and a going under" (Thus Spoke Zarathustra).
The team’s creators had been rapidly accompanied by maximum Pechstein, then your Swiss Cuno Amiet, the Finnish Akseli Gallen-Kallela, as well as Otto Mueller... Emil Nolde joined up with the motion for only a short while, but some of their works painted after making it, such Frisian Houses, its heavy variations set-down with powerful shots, in brilliant and vibrant colors, nonetheless reflect their passage through the Bridge movement (ill. 1). When it comes to Munch and Matisse, they politely rejected the invite. Finally, some "passive" users - enthusiasts, dealers, museum directors... - paid an annual account fee and received a portfolio of original engravings as a swap.

4. Max Pechstein (1881-1955)
The Yellow and Ebony Swimsuit, 1909
Oil on Canvas - 68 x 78 cm
Berlin, Brücke Museum
Picture : Maximum Pechstein Urheberrechtsgemeinschaft,
Hamburg/ Tökendorf
ADAGP, Paris, 2012

5. Erich Heckel (1883-1970)
Child and Girl, 1909
Oil on Canvas - 70.5 x 80.4 cm
Berlin, Brücke-Museum
Photo : Picture : Nachlaß Erich Heckel Hemmenhofen
ADAGP, Paris 2012

They each developed a definite creative language while forging a common design utilizing the objective, perhaps not of interpreting reality, but instead the emotion it raises. Two essential influences noted the early paintings of those performers : Munch’s to start with, along with his aura of scandal, hence of Van Gogh which encouraged the utilization of pure and luminous colors ; Amiet’s Nonetheless- life with Flowers is in fact a direct reference to the master (ill. 2). Certainly, the convention highlights above all the works on paper, drawings, watercolors, for instance the nudes sketched in a few minutes’ time, wood engravings in addition, a great means of phrase for Die Brücke, answering a desire for spontaneity and freedom ; evolving from Bleyl’s extremely processed pets to your chiseled face of Pechstein’s Fisherman (ill. 3).

6. Ernst Ludwig Kirchner (1880-1938)
Nude Reclining before a Mirror, 1909-1910
Oil on Canvas - 83.3 x 95.5 cm
Berlin, Brücke Museum
Photo : Brücke Museum

The "summers of freedom" evoke this era in which life and work styles were closed linked : the artists would get together regarding shores of pond at Moritzburg, so that you can create in equilibrium with nature, in a residential area nature, to such an extent that it is at time hard to attribute the works produced then with precise certainty. We can therefore chat of a Die Brücke style, characterized by the brilliant colors, wide and fast shots. The Yellow and Black Swimsuit by maximum Pechstein shows this "primitive" life (ill. 4) while Heckel’s son and lady reveals united states a tranquil sensuality through strident, delighted and hot colors which somewhat recalls Gauguin’s nude ladies with fantastic epidermis (ill. 5). Very stunning rooms inside event is certainly one which assembles several nude feminine numbers : a masterpiece by Kirchner, Nude Reclining before a Mirror, alluding to Velázquez, troubles the viewer’s attention with a moving room whilst the color of the flesh evokes its decomposition (ill. 6). It hangs facing another green nude, Heckel’s Girl Sitting, and further on, yet another wall displays the symbol of German Expressionist art : Fränzi Reclining, a wood engraving which conveys the power of the feminine human body, white, simplified, outlined in black on a red background (ill. 7). Relating to man Tosatto, we are witnessing the appearance of "the current nude". Human being numbers aren't always isolated, they merge completely amid the red landscape by Schmidt-Rottluff, break-in the Dam, declining naturalist colors to better present natural feeling prior to the spectacle provided by nature (ill. 8).

7. Erich Heckel (1883-1970)
Fränzi Reclining, 1910
Engraving on Panel in Black and Red - 23/20.7 x 40.5/41.6 cm


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