Culture Famous German Expressionism Artists

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List of famous German Expressionism artists, with images, bios, and information about their notable works. All the greatest artists associated with the German Expressionism movement are included here, along with clickable names for more details on that particular painter or sculptor. These notable German Expressionism period artists are organized alphabetically, but you may sort this information by clicking any column. Every well-known or influential figure in this movement is listed below. You're able to copy this fact-based list to build your own just like it, re-rank it to fit your opinions, then publish it to share it on Facebook, Twitter or any other social networks you use regularly. Ernst Ludwig Kirchner and Albert Bloch are only the beginning of the artists on this list. (18 items)
Paul Klee is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous German Expressionism Artists
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Paul Klee was a Swiss-German painter. His highly individual style was influenced by movements in art that included expressionism, cubism, and surrealism. Klee was a natural draftsman who experimented with and eventually deeply explored color theory, writing about it extensively; his lectures Writings on Form and Design Theory, published in English as the Paul Klee Notebooks, are held to be as important for modern art as Leonardo da Vinci's A Treatise on Painting for the Renaissance. He and his colleague, Russian painter Wassily Kandinsky, both taught at the Bauhaus school of art, design and architecture. His works reflect his dry humor and his sometimes childlike perspective, his personal ...more on Wikipedia

Artworks: Angelus Novus, Revolution des Viadukts, Der Goldfisch, Garten der Leidenschaft (Garden of Passion), Little Castle in the Air, + more

Birthplace: Münchenbuchsee, Switzerland

Associated periods or movements: German Expressionism, Der Blaue Reiter, Cubism, Surrealism, Expressionism, + more

Nationality: Germany

Art Forms: Painting, Drawing

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Lyonel Feininger is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous German Expressionism Artists
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Lyonel Charles Feininger was a German-American painter, and a leading exponent of Expressionism. He also worked as a caricaturist and comic strip artist. He was born and grew up in New York City, traveling to Germany at 16 to study and perfect his art. He started his career as a cartoonist in 1894 and met with much success in this area. He was also a commercial caricaturist for 20 years for magazines and newspapers in the USA and Germany. At the age of 36, he started to work as a fine artist. He also produced a large body of photographic works between 1928 and the mid 1950s, but he kept these primarily within his circle of friends. He was also a pianist and composer, with several piano ...more on Wikipedia

Artworks: Longeuil, Normandie, Spook I, Der Ostchor des Domes zu Halle, Village, + more

Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America

Associated periods or movements: German Expressionism, Der Blaue Reiter, Die Brücke, Cubism, Expressionism

Nationality: United States of America, Germany

Art Forms: Painting

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Wassily Kandinsky is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous German Expressionism Artists
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Wassily Wassilyevich Kandinsky was an influential Russian painter and art theorist. He is credited with painting one of the first purely abstract works. Born in Moscow, Kandinsky spent his childhood in Odessa. He enrolled at the University of Moscow, studying law and economics. Successful in his profession—he was offered a professorship at the University of Dorpat—Kandinsky began painting studies at the age of 30. In 1896 Kandinsky settled in Munich, studying first at Anton Ažbe's private school and then at the Academy of Fine Arts. He returned to Moscow in 1914, after the outbreak of World War I. Kandinsky was unsympathetic to the official theories on art in Communist Moscow, and returned ...more on Wikipedia

Artworks: Composition VII, Composition VIII, The Blue Rider, The White Dot, Autumn II, + more

Birthplace: Moscow, Russia

Associated periods or movements: German Expressionism, Der Blaue Reiter, Abstract art, Expressionism

Nationality: France, Russia

Art Forms: Painting

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Emil Nolde is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous German Expressionism Artists
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Emil Nolde was a German Danish painter and printmaker. He was one of the first Expressionists, a member of Die Brücke, and is considered to be one of the great oil painting and watercolor painters of the 20th century. He is known for his vigorous brushwork and expressive choice of colors. Golden yellows and deep reds appear frequently in his work, giving a luminous quality to otherwise somber tones. His watercolors include vivid, brooding storm-scapes and brilliant florals. Nolde's intense preoccupation with the subject of flowers reflect his continuing interest in the art of Vincent van Gogh. ...more on Wikipedia

Artworks: Young Prince and Dancers, Flower Garden, Christ and the Children, Blue and Violet Flowers, Red-Haired Girl, + more

Birthplace: Duchy of Schleswig

Associated periods or movements: German Expressionism, Die Brücke, Expressionism

Nationality: Germany

Art Forms: Painting, Printmaking

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