Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Berlin Street Scene, 1913, oil on canvas, 47.6” x 37.4”, Neue Galerie, New York, Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons © 2011 . All rights reserved.

Just a Second: primitivism

Primitivism (noun)

The use of non-western art styles, such as African Art, in an effort to be progressive and new.  Western artists believed that non-western art conveyed fundamental truths.

Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, a German Expressionist, was drawn to primitivism for its powerful and colorful properties that helped him to portray the alienation and violence he found in modern urban life.

2 Comments

  1. Liz

    I love all the movement and color in this one.

  2. Jack

    Kirchner is in my top 10. Wonderful refresher course. My Top 5 Expressionist (loved ’em in Berlin, Munich, Vienna): Kirchner, Egon Schiele, Max Beckmann, Emil Nolde, Alexej von Jawlensky. Add to those randomly and in different “isms”: Jesus Rafael Soto, Vik Muniz (just saw in NYC), Picasso, Matisse, deKooning (just saw his retro in NYC).

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