At the beginning of the twentieth century, Expressionism began as a movement whose influences lay in the work of the Post-Impressionists. The Expressionists sought to break bonds with the recent past, as they felt inhibited in expressing their emotions with the rigid colour schemes and contours framed by the tradition of reproducing nature. Expressionism was a revolution against the establishment and how art should be executed. The revolution that this movement brought was a new attitude to colour, tone, form and line. Heightened colour contrasts and simplified representational form tried to reconcile instinct with pictorial practice, finding inspiration in primitive art.

            It is understandable that the artists of the late nineteenth century and the early twentieth century were looking for a fresh approach to art. Industrialization was leaping from one invention to the next and some of these artists found this ‘leap’ forward as a threat to…

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