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The art of the 1920s falls in the category that we know as postimpressionism This movement was a culmination of many different schools of art the three main ones being Art Deco Expressionism and Cubism It is a style of art that allows the artist to use shapes and colors freely which reflected the emotions of society in the post war era Art Deco grew out of an effort to simplify the elaborate turn-of-the-century Art Nouveau style Clean lines aero dynamism and symmetry are some characteristics of Art Deco that were inspired by the dominance of industry The art of this movement became more geometric and linear as objects were increasingly mass-produced and as the United States supplanted France as the spiritual center of the movement In America the style found expression in objects as diverse as locomotives skyscrapers roadside diners radio cabinets jukeboxes and advertising displays The expressionism movement developed during the late 19th and early 20th centuries as a reaction against the academic standards that had prevailed in Europe since the Renaissance 1300-1600 particularly in France and Germany In expressionism the artist tries to present an emotional experience and is not concerned with reality as it appears but with its inner nature and with the emotions of the subject To achieve this the subject is frequently caricatured exaggerated distorted or otherwise altered in order to stress the emotional experience in its most intense and concentrated form Although the term expressionism was not applied to painting until 1911 the qualities attributed to expressionism are found in the art of almost every country and period Some Chinese and Japanese art emphasizes the essential qualities of the subject rather than its physical appearance Painters and sculptors of medieval Europe exaggerated their work for the Romanesque and early Gothic cathedrals to intensify the spiritual expressiveness of the subjects Intense religious emotions expressed through distortion are found also in the 16th-century works of the
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