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Lecture: German Expressionism (Lecture Only)

Photo information: Paula Modersohn-Becker, Self-Portrait, Nude with Amber Necklace Half-Length II, 1906

The Glen Arbor Arts Center presents a BYO “brown bag” lunch art history talk about German Expressionism. Art educator Linda Young leads a lively discussion of this historic period and the visual artists who populated it.

Young, a Glen Arbor resident, was the Director of Museum Education at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts for 20 years. Her talk will focus on the group of German artists from 1905 – 1930 who felt art should express the artists’ feeling rather than images of the real world.  Artist such as Kathe Kollwitz, Ernst Kirschner, and Emil Nolde used distorted images, exaggerated forms, and color for emotional impact while exploring themes of social protest, societal ills and government corruption in the years before and after World War I. The work of the German Expressionists would be deemed “degenerate” with the rise of Nazism and much was destroyed, sold to finance Hitler’s war machine, or lost during World War II.  What remains is a powerful testament to the strength and endurance of the artistic spirit.

For more information call 231-334-6112.

Photo information: Paula Modersohn-Becker, Self Portrait (Nude with Amber Beads), 1906, oil, Paula Modersohn-Becker Museum, Bremen, Germany


October 24, 2019
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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6031 S Lake St
Glen Arbor, MI 49636 United States
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