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Die Brücke

Die Brücke Collage

Started: 1905

Ended: 1913

"Whoever renders directly and authentically that which impels him to create is one of us."

Ernst Ludwig Kirchner Signature


Progenitors of the movement later known as German Expressionism, Die Brücke formed in Dresden in 1905 as a bohemian collective of artists in staunch opposition to the older, established bourgeois social order of Germany. Their art confronted feelings of alienation from the modern world by reaching back to pre-academic forms of expression including woodcut prints, carved wooden sculptures, and "primitive" modes of painting. This quest for authentic emotion led to an expressive style characterized by heightened color and a direct, simplified approach to form.

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