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The Expressionists : A survey of their graphic art by Carl Zigrosser

The Expressionists : A survey of their graphic art by Carl Zigrosser


London : Thames and Hudson, 1957. First U.K Edition. Hardcover. 37 pages ; Illustrated ; 29 cm. $50 dust jacket with minimal wear. Pages are clean and unmarked. Binding is firm.

122 black-and-white reproductions
8 pages in full color
text by Carl Zigrosser
Curator of Prints and Drawings Philadelphia Museum of Art

The Expressionists rank among the most exciting, the most significant and the most influential artists of the twentieth century.

Expressionism as a school in the strictest sense was developed and practiced in Germany from 1905 to the end of the Weimar Republic. But the movement, encompassing many techniques, has its roots in anonymous XV century Gothic woodcuts and in XVI artists such as Cranach and Grunewald. Expressionism has for its aim the exploration of the drama of inner consciousness, the heightened pictorialization of emotions and psychological truths. To communicate this pulsing vitality, this sensed world order not apparently visible, the Expressionists work with a new awareness of their tools and media, a vigor of organization and technique, and with an ability to impart to their forms a plastic animation, an explosiveness that characterizes them as belonging to one group through their overt approaches may differ stylistically with their individual visions.

Because the Expressionists were prolific printmakers, and because woodcuts, etchings and lithographs are particularly adapted to the Expressionist approach, this book concentrates especially on the artists' contribution in the graphic field.

About the Author

Carl Zigrosser, Curator of Prints and Drawings at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, was for many years Director of the Weyhe Gallery in New York. He is the author of The Book of Fine Prints, Six Centuries of Fine Prints and Artist in America. He has also edited many collections of prints, including Lithographs by Lautrec and Kaethe Kollwitz.

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