1st Edition

The Routledge Companion to Expressionism in a Transnational Context

Edited By Isabel Wünsche Copyright 2019
    634 Pages
    by Routledge

    634 Pages
    by Routledge

    The Routledge Companion to Expressionism in a Transnational Context is a challenging exploration of the transnational formation, dissemination, and transformation of expressionism outside of the German-speaking world, in regions such as Central and Eastern Europe, the Baltics and Scandinavia, Western and Southern Europe, North and Latin America, and South Africa, in the first half of the twentieth century.

    Comprising a series of essays by an international group of scholars in the fields of art history and literary and cultural studies, the volume addresses the intellectual discussions and artistic developments arising in the context of the expressionist movement in the various art centers and cultural regions. The authors also examine the implications of expressionism in artistic practice and its influence on modern and contemporary cultural production.

    Essential for an in-depth understanding and discussion of expressionism, this volume opens up new perspectives on developments in the visual arts of this period and challenges the traditional narratives that have predominantly focused on artistic styles and national movements.

    Expressionist Networks, Cultural Debates, and Artistic Practices: A Conceptual Introduction

    Isabel Wünsche

    Part I: Central and Eastern Europe and the Baltic States

    1. Prague – Brno: Expressionism in Context
    2. Marie Rakušanová

    3. Košice Modernism and Anton Jaszusch’s Expressionism
    4. Zsófia Kiss-Szemán

    5. Expressionism in Hungary: From the Neukunstgruppe to Der Sturm
    6. András Zwickl

    7. Poznan Expressionism and Its Connections with the German and International Avant-garde
    8. Lidia Głuchowska

    9. Expressionist Networks in the Russian Empire, Soviet Russia, and the Soviet Union
    10. Isabel Wünsche

    11. Expressionism in Lithuania: From German Artistic Import to National Art
    12. Giedrė Jankevičiūtė and Laima Laučkaitė

    13. Expressionist Originality in Latvia: Between Confirmation and Destruction
    14. Ginta Gerharde-Upeniece

    15. The Ambivalent Affair of Estonian Expressionism
    16. Tiina Abel

      Part II: Scandinavia

    17. Expressionism in Denmark: Art and Discourse
    18. Torben Jelsbak

    19. Expressionisms in Sweden: Anti-realism, Primitivism, and Politics in Painting and Print
    20. Margareta Wallin Wictorin

    21. Nationalism, Transnationalism, and the Discourses on Expressionism in Finland:
    22. From the November Group to Ina Behrsen-Colliander

      Timo Huusko and Tutta Palin

    23. Expressionism in Sámi Art: John Savio’s Woodcuts of the 1920s and 1930s
    24. Tuija Hautala-Hirvioja

    25. Early Expressionism in Icelandic Art: Jón Stefánsson, Jóhannes Kjarval, and Finnur Jónsson
    26. Margrét Elísabet Ólafsdóttir

      Part III: Western Europe

    27. Early Engagements: Peripheral British Responses to German Expressionism
    28. Christian Weikop

    29. Expressionism in the Netherlands
    30. Gert Imanse and Gregor Langfeld

    31. Flemish Expressionism in Belgium
    32. Cathérine Verleysen

    33. Jewish Expressionists in France, 1900-1940
    34. Richard D. Sonn

    35. German Expressionism in Italy: Herwarth Walden’s Der Sturm, the Berlin
    36. Novembergruppe, and the Modernist Circles of Florence, Turin, and Rome

      Irene Chytraeus-Auerbach

    37. Expressionism and the Spanish Avant-garde between Restoration and Renovation
    38. Wiebke Gronemeyer

    39. Portuguese Expressionism, or German Expressionism in Portugal?
    40. Nina Blum de Almeida

      Part IV: Southeastern Europe

    41. Expressionism in Slovenia: The Aspects of a Term
    42. Marko Jenko

    43. From Anxiety to Rebellion: Expressionism in Croatian Art
    44. Petar Prelog

    45. On New Art and its Manifestations: Rethinking Expressionism in Visual Arts in Belgrade
    46. Ana Bogdanović

    47. Tokens of Identity: Expressionisms in Romania around the First World War
    48. Erwin Kessler

    49. Expressionism in Bulgaria: Critical Reflections in Art Magazines and the Graphic Arts
    50. Irina Genova

      Part V: Beyond Europe

    51. Expressionism in Canada and the United States
    52. Oliver A.I. Botar and Herbert R. Hartel, Jr.

    53. Expressionism in Latin America and Its Contribution to the Modernist Discourse
    54. Maria Frick

    55. The Expressionist Roots of South African Modernism

    Lisa Hörstmann

    Selected Bibliography



    Isabel Wünsche is a professor of art and art history at Jacobs University Bremen. She specializes in European modernism, the avant-garde movements, and abstract art. Her book publications include Galka E. Scheyer & The Blue Four: Correspondence, 1924–1945 (Benteli, 2006), Biocentrism and Modernism (with Oliver A. I. Botar, Ashgate, 2011), Meanings of Abstract Art: Between Nature and Theory (with Paul Crowther, Routledge, 2012), The Organic School of the Russian Avant-Garde (Ashgate, 2015), Marianne Werefkin and the Women Artists in Her Circle (with Tanja Malycheva, Brill/Rodopi, 2016), and Practices of Abstract Art: Between Anarchism and Appropriation (with Wiebke Gronemeyer, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2016).

    "Making a serious contribution to a global art history ... [the book] succeeds in mapping patterns of identity in under-explored geographical areas while augmenting our understanding of the concepts of expressionism and Bauhaus modernism."

    --Art History