Expressionistic Faces

Moving forward from the portrait work we have been doing, from realistic to a more abstracted aproch, we will start for working on a LARGE portrait based on YOU and German Expressionism.

Images above were painted by maGold 
Expressionism developed during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Expressionism was opposed to academic standards that had prevailed in Europe and emphasized artist’s subjective emotion, which overrides fidelity to the actual appearance of things. The subjects of expressionist works were frequently distorted, or otherwise altered. Landmarks of this movement were violent colors and exaggerated lines that helped contain intense emotional expression. Application of formal elements is vivid, jarring, violent, or dynamic. Expressionist were trying to pinpoint the expression of inner experience rather than solely realistic portrayal, seeking to depict not objective reality but the subjective emotions and responses that objects and events arouse in them.
The expressionistic tradition was significantly, rose to the emergence with a series of paintings of Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh from the last year and a half of his life. There was recorded his heightened emotional state. One of the earliest and most famous examples of Expressionism is Gogh’s “The Starry Night.” Whatever was cause, it cannot be denied that a great many artists of this period assumed that the chief function of art was to express their intense feelings to the world.
The Belgian painter and printmaker James Ensor was such an artist – with his sense of isolation.
The Norwegian painter and printmaker Edvard Munch dealt – with different fears.
The Vienesse painters Oskar Kokoschka and Egon Schiele first started with their expressionistic styles within Klimt’s circle of the Vienna Secession. Vienesse Expressionism later gained significance between years 1905 and 1918 during a politically and culturally turbulent era of revelation of the profoundly problematic conditions of the turn-of-the-century Europe.
In the years just around 1910 the expressionistic approach pioneered by Ensor, Munch, and van Gogh, in particular, was developed in the work of three artists’ groups: the Fauves, Die Brucke, Der Blaue Reiter.

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You can base this portrait on your self and something you experiences.  Or something emotional that you witnessed.  We will be working on 18×24″ black paper.  You might want to start in pencil/pencil crayons but you will most likely get the BEST results if you complete the work in oil pastel.

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