Category Archives: expressionism

Henry Wuorila-Stenberg

Love this Finnish painter. Feels like a mix of German Expressionism with Hundertwasser and Francis Bacon and a bit of Chaim Soutine and Neo Rauch. Add together,mix, add black, and you have Wuorila-Stenberg.

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Sergej Eisenstein by Margaret Bourke-White

Russian film director Sergej Eisenstein being shaved on the terrace of Bourke-White’s studio in the Chysler Building, NYC, 1932. There is something surrealistic here; at any rate, as a child, I loved Eisenstein’s expressionistic film Ivan the Terrible.  There is a lot of … Continue reading

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Ballet Russes, The Firebird, Expressionist

Valentina Blinova in L’Oiseau de feu [The Firebird], Ballets Russes, Sydney, 1936-1937 From the State Library of New South Wales.  

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Werefkin, Marianne von – Selfportrait I, 1910

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Edvard Munch, The Three Stages of Woman, 1894

Munch remains my favorite artist. The flow of lines is exquisite. The morbidity of his works is from his life, similar to Edgar Allen Poe’s, as he, like Poe, experienced the loss of his mother (at age 5) from tuberculosis. Then his … Continue reading

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Walter Nessler, Premonition

This painting by Nessler, his most famous, depicts London being bombed. He painted it before the London Blitz. A highly evocative work that conveys the influence of German Expressionism on him, art he must have been exposed to before he … Continue reading

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Frank Brangwyn, ‘For the Relief of Women and Children in Spain, 1936-1937

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Wyndham Lewis, La Suerte (Luck)

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Issachar Ber Ryback, Man Eating Soup

Painting showing Issachar Ber Ryback’s use of Expressionist technique, similar to Chaim Soutine. While this image details a poor Jew in a Pre World War II shetl eating soup, when I saw it I could not help but remember some … Continue reading

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Issachar Ber Ryback, The Matchmaker

This work of Ber Ryback resembles works by Chaim Soutine. I love everything here: the colors, the fluid energy and wavy textures, and the marvelous caricatured expressions on the faces. It was very common in the Jewish world then for a matchmaker … Continue reading

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