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The Routledge Companion to Expressionism in a Transnational Context

Edited By

Isabel Wünsche

ISBN 9781138712553
Published August 8, 2018 by Routledge
634 Pages

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents

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


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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