Poznań Expressionism and Its Connections with the German and International Avant-Garde

Authored by: Lidia Głuchowska

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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This essay focuses on the so-called Poznań expressionism—a unique manifestation of the expressionist artistic style that existed in parallel to the second generation of German expressionism, during the interwar period. 1 The term “expressionism” was first used in a Polish context in 1911 in a review of the twenty-second exhibition of the Berliner Secession (Berlin Secession) published in Przegląd Wielkopolski (Great Poland Review) 2 and then popularized in the writings of the Paris-based Polish-Jewish art critic Adolf Basler, who enthusiastically proclaimed the birth of a new style “as universal as the Gothic and similarly like the Gothic born in France.” 3 His use of the term encompassed all tendencies toward a “new art,” and thus also cubism and futurism.

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