Expressionism in Canada and the United States

Authored by: Oliver A. I. Botar , Herbert R. Hartel

The Routledge Companion to Expressionism in a Transnational Context

Print publication date:  August  2018
Online publication date:  August  2018

Print ISBN: 9781138712553
eBook ISBN: 9781315200088
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Expressionism was a powerful impulse among North American artists, one that resonated through a number of local developments and attitudes, though received in very different ways in the United States and Canada. While the movement influenced numerous American artists within five years of its birth in Germany, in 1905, it was not until 1928 that it had a direct impact on Canadian art. Many of the earliest North American expressionists were in fact immigrants from Germany or of German ancestry. This firsthand contact with early expressionism afforded artists in the New World opportunities to see exhibitions, read publications, and meet some of the leading artists—contacts that were essential in bringing the movement to Americans who otherwise would have had little exposure to it.

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