The Ambivalent Affair of Estonian Expressionism

Authored by: Tiina Abel

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
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9781315200088-9

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Abstract

The author of the only monograph on Estonian expressionism, Ene Lamp, characterizes her book as a collection of “short discourses” 1 and stresses in her introduction the absence of a grand narrative of expressionism in Estonia. Expressionist trends in Estonian art, which developed under the influence of German expressionism during the period 1910 to 1925, did not form a modernist movement with a distinct program, but rather comprised a number of individual artistic approaches seeking an expressive form for depicting human emotional experiences and social tensions.

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