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One of the Better Descriptions of Expressionism

January 16th, 2007 Leave a comment Go to comments

Sherrill Grace states, “Expressionist art is based on the assumption that the individual human being (often the artist himself/herself) has an essential Soul or Self that can be expressed (what I will later describe as the ‘expressive fallacy’) and that in the expressive act the artist articulates something of more than merely personal, private value or consequence.  The pressure towards symbolism, even allegory, is very strong, and gives rise to a common feature of all expressionist literature and drama: the expressionist image, a literalised metaphor that represents an inner felt state in a physical, concrete form.”

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