Expressionist Movement

15 years

Background History

It started somewhere in Europe. This movement was led by Vincent van Gogh(1853-1890), or rather, he was the most important person in the Expressionist Movement. The main concept of the movement was to attempt to depict, not objective reality, but rather the subjective emotions and responses that objects and events that arouse in the artist.

Major Players

Some major players in this movement were Van Gogh, Paul Gauguin, and Edvard Munch.


  • Vincent van Gogh(1853-1890): A lot of Van Gogh's artwork were autobiographical (self-portraits). He showed his thoughts, and feelings. The brushwork and colors he used for his paintings closely reflected his feelings. Many artists cannot equal his intensity of genuine self-expression.
  • Paul Gauguin(1848-1903): Gauguin used a lot of colors in his art to express his emotions. He also did a lot of symbolism, but it was mostly his color paintings that made him different from other artists.
  • Edvard Munch(1863-1944): Not much was stated about Edvard. He was a painter and printmaker. He lived over 80 years of age despite having hardships in life. His best pictures were painted before he had a nervous breakdown in 1908.


Favorite Work from Movement

This is my favorite work from the Expressionist Movement. It's called, "Symphony in Pink" by Alexj von Jawlensky.

I like this work because it's simplistic, and there isn't a lot going on, but its also a very colorful piece. I see a lot of lines, and shades, and colors. There are values in this artwork.