4/10/2016-contextual about Expressionist


Expressionism was a modernist movement, initially in poetry and painting, originating in Germany at the beginning of the 20th century. Its typical trait is to present the world solely from a subjective perspective, distorting it radically for emotional effect in order to evoke moods or ideas.

Expressionist mainly appeared in Germany at the time, Expressionist on the impact of the art is very large. It is different from the Impressionist paintings, with distorted painting style and strong colors for visual impact. In short, Expressionist is to express the form of exaggeration to the creation of works expressed, on the reality of a social impression, it may be anxious or intense.


1.Paul Jackson Pollock (January 28, 1912 – August 11, 1956), known professionally as Jackson Pollock, was an influential American painter and a major figure in the abstract expressionist movement. He was well known for his unique style of drip painting.

During his lifetime, Pollock enjoyed considerable fame and notoriety; he was a major artist of his generation. Regarded as reclusive, he had a volatile personality, and struggled with alcoholism for most of his life. In 1945, he married the artist Lee Krasner, who became an important influence on his career and on his legacy.

Pollock died at the age of 44 in an alcohol-related single-car accident when he was driving. In December 1956, four months after his death, Pollock was given a memorial retrospective exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York City. A larger, more comprehensive exhibition of his work was held there in 1967. In 1998 and 1999, his work was honored with large-scale retrospective exhibitions at MoMA and at The Tate in London.

NO.1 work

The deep (1953)

The picture gives a person a kind of deep feeling, like a hole black part, bottomless hole, like the hole can bring us to the hell.

NO.2 work

willem de kooning woman I(1950-2)

The painting with a lot of color, image, although is a mess, but we could see very clearly a woman’s face, chest and legs.Perhaps the action painting is the meaning of the things that make people look and feel of the picture what are you doing for in action.

2.Mark Rothko  born Markus Yakovlevich Rotkovich (Russian: Ма́ркус Я́ковлевич Ротко́вич, Latvian: Markuss Rotkovičs; September 25, 1903 – February 25, 1970), was an American painter of Russian Jewish descent. Although Rothko himself refused to adhere to any art movement, he is generally identified as an abstract expressionist. With Jackson Pollock and Willem de Kooning, he is one of the most famous postwar American artists.

no.3 work

barnett newman(1950-51)

This picture is only one color is red, very simple picture, I don’t know what can I do to describe it, but I think it must be something profound meaning.

In my opinion

When artists in creating these works, I think they are living in a certain context to make these creation, messy lines and rich color, may represent sadness deep color, light color may represent a happy or calm, the appearance of each picture will have a direct purpose, may be the history.


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