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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. {#nodes}
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  • Paul Klee
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    Paul Klee (German: [paʊ̯l ˈkleː]; 18 December 1879 – 29 June 1940) was a Swiss-born artist. 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 (Schriften zur Form und Gestaltungslehre), 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... more on Wikipedia
    • Artworks: Angelus Novus, Revolution des Viadukts, Der Goldfisch, Garten der Leidenschaft (Garden of Passion), Little Castle in the Air
    • Birthplace: Münchenbuchsee, Switzerland
    • Associated periods or movements: German Expressionism, Der Blaue Reiter, Cubism, Surrealism, Expressionism
    • Nationality: Germany
    • Art Forms: Painting, Drawing
  • Lyonel Feininger
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    Lyonel Charles Feininger (July 17, 1871 – January 13, 1956) 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... more on Wikipedia
    • Artworks: Longeuil, Normandie, Spook I, Der Ostchor des Domes zu Halle, Village
    • Birthplace: New York City, New York
    • Associated periods or movements: German Expressionism, Der Blaue Reiter, Die Brücke, Cubism, Expressionism
    • Nationality: United States of America, Germany
    • Art Forms: Painting
  • Wassily Kandinsky
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    Wassily Wassilyevich Kandinsky (; Russian: Васи́лий Васи́льевич Канди́нский, tr. Vasíliy Vasílʹevich Kandínskiy, IPA: [vɐˈsʲilʲɪj vɐˈsʲilʲjɪvʲɪtɕ kɐnʲˈdʲinskʲɪj]; 16 December [O.S. 4 December] 1866 – 13 December 1944) was a Russian painter and art theorist. Kandinsky is generally credited as the pioneer of abstract art. Born in Moscow, Kandinsky spent his childhood in Odessa, where he graduated at Grekov Odessa Art school. He enrolled at the University of Moscow, studying law and economics. Successful in his profession—he was offered a professorship (chair of Roman Law) at the University of Dorpat—Kandinsky began painting studies (life-drawing, sketching and anatomy) at the age of 30. In... more on Wikipedia
    • Artworks: Composition VII, Composition VIII, The Blue Rider, The White Dot, Autumn II
    • 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
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    Emil Nolde (born Emil Hansen; 7 August 1867 – 13 April 1956) was a German-Danish painter and printmaker. He was one of the first Expressionists, a member of Die Brücke, and was one of the first oil painting and watercolor painters of the early 20th century to explore color. He is known for his 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 reflected his 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
    • Birthplace: Duchy of Schleswig
    • Associated periods or movements: German Expressionism, Die Brücke, Expressionism
    • Nationality: Germany
    • Art Forms: Painting, Printmaking