Expressionism
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Expressionism

The dominant modernist movement in German literature and art prior to the First World War (with the artistic groups Die Brücke and Der Blaue Reiter). Although the German Expressionists had formulated their artistic manifesto in critical opposition to Wilhelmine society, the majority of them celebrated the outbreak of the First World War. They shared the commonly felt fervor of August 1914, hoping that the war would “cleanse the Augean stable of old Europe” (Franz Marc). Regardless of political and economic…

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Jürgens-Kirchhoff, Annegret, “Expressionism”, in: Brill’s Digital Library of World War I. Consulted online on 28 June 2017 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-3786_dlws1_beww1_en_0188>
First published online: 2015



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