A Spectrophotometric Study of Class A Stars by Williams E. T.

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Eine dritte hat im Grunde kaum mit visueller Kunst zu tun – die Philosophie Friedrich Nietzsches. Noch komplizierter wird das Ganze dadurch, dass das Wort „Expressionismus“ ursprünglich eine ganz andere Bedeutung hatte. Selbstporträt mit Naïla als Zirkusartisten mit Masken auf einem Seeungeheuer um 1923 Holzstock, Kreide in Schwarz, unvollendet, 50 x 39,3 x ca. qxp 12/14/2011 4:52 PM Page 46 Etwa bis 1912 wurden damit ganz allgemein alle sich deutlich vom Impressionismus unterscheidenden bzw. mehr noch „anti-impressionistisch“ wirkenden progressiven Kunstrichtungen in Europa – und hier vor allem in Frankreich – bezeichnet.

In dem Sinn, in dem wir ihn heute gebrauchen, wenn wir vom „deutschen Expressionismus“ sprechen, bezieht er sich auf eine am Anfang des 20. Jahrhunderts in Deutschland und Österreich entstandene breite kulturelle Bewegung. Doch der Expressionismus ist komplex und widersprüchlich. Er umfasst die Befreiung des Körpers ebenso wie die Entdeckung der Psyche. qxp 12/14/2011 4:51 PM Page 42 Und innerhalb seiner vielfältigen Mischung fanden sich politische Apathie und Chauvinismus ebenso wie eine revolutionäre Gesinnung.

Qxp 12/14/2011 4:50 PM Page 36 schmerzhaft lebhaft und obskur. Die asketischen kreidigen Farben und die von bunten Attributen betonte Blässe der Haut sind ebenfalls charakteristisch für diese von etwa 1917 bis 1925 reichende Periode in Beckmanns Werk. Nach dieser Zeit finden sich verstärkt die für sein späteres Werk so typischen starken Bildbereiche aus Schwarz und intensiven Farben. qxp 12/14/2011 4:50 PM Page 38 als einen kritischen Fachbegriff für die Malerei „nach dem Expressionismus“ einführte.

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