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The art of the 20th century was indicative of revolutionized thinking and newly found perceptions of the world the present preconceptions of nature were being challenged by scientists and artists alike the Freudian researches were unfolding new levels of the human consciousness or the subconscious and the aftermath of the world wars starved artists with the need to find the mechanism in which to disclose their inner most emotions to realize them in some tangible form discernible or not to its viewers Thus going beyond the post-impressionists outpouring of personal perception the birth of Expressionism revealed the artists inner most experiences-the anguished aggressive mystical or lyrical on to the viewer itself This movement soon after the turn of the century included the musical literal and theatrical arts as well Danvir 4 Expressionism in a broader sense describes art in which feeling is given greater prominence than thought using the artists medium not to portray situations but to express emotion The expressionist puts an emphasis on vivid color and hues and compromises line which is complementary with the controlled or the rational whereas spontaneous color is equated with more liberated less rational effects This brief period of artistic style refers to the works of a large number of painters some of the forerunners being Henri Matisse Andre Derain and Ernst Ludwig Kirchner Many branched out into other movements including Fauvism 1905-1907 which began in France with the Salon des Independants with Matisse and his group of French painters the German Expressionists Abstract Expressionism and Cubism all stemming from their studies of Gauguin Van Gogh Munch and Cezanne Preble 414 The Expressionist movement though short lived influenced the direction of the art world indefinitely It is greatly responsible for catalyzing modern art in the 20th century The question in mind however is this can such an innovative liberation of style and technique as Expressionist painting was be equated with distant aboriginal cultures Modern art has often
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