The Age of Expressionism

An exhibition of compelling German Expressionist prints is about to be exhibited at Rex Irwin Art Dealer, Sydney, in the coming weeks. ARTIST PROFILE had the priveledge of a behind the scenes look at the works in the upcoming show and for those who are fascinated by the intense and emotionally gripping works on paper from these German artists then this is definately a show to watch out for.

Käthe Kollwitz, Kollwitz Selbstbildnis im profil, 1927, 32 x 29.7 cm

Käthe Kollwitz, Kollwitz Selbstbildnis im profil, 1927, 32 x 29.7 cm

The period covered by this exhibition was an exceptionally fertile one for German art, which attained a level of importance that had not been enjoyed since the Renaissance. The German Expressionist movement arose out of a feeling of dissatisfaction with the existing order, and a desire to effect revolutionary change. The united goal was to upend social norms, through an acute attention to thoughts, feelings and energies to achieve a heightened understanding or awareness of what it is to be human, which is reflected particularly in the works of Kathe Kollwitz in exhibition; and the psychologically penetrating self portraits of Max Beckman.

Max Beckmann, Selbstbildnis mit Griffel, 1916, Drypoint, 29.8 x 23.4 cm

Max Beckmann, Selbstbildnis mit Griffel, 1916, Drypoint, 29.8 x 23.4 cm

Many of the leading artists of the Expressionist movement found in printmaking the ideal medium for the achievement of their aims, and turned to it with energy and enthusiasm, reviving the woodcut as a favoured genre and experimenting with new techniques and bold vital forms.

Max Beckmann, Adam und Eva, 1917, Drypoint, 22.7 x 17.2cm

Max Beckmann, Adam und Eva, 1917, Drypoint, 22.7 x 17.2cm

Exhibition: 27 July to 27 August, 2011.

Rex Irwin Art Dealer, Sydney: 38 Queen Street, Woollahra.

www.rexirwin.com

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