Image source: Ernst Ludwig Kirchner. “Street, Berlin.” 1913. Museum of Modern Art.

Of the artists working in Europe in the first half of the 20th century, those associated with the German Expressionist era (1905-ca.1930) rejected traditional artistic norms and made visible the inner workings of the human psyche. This was a period of social and political upheaval, of war and its trauma . “A young generation of artists believed that the traditional artistic medium was inadequate to enable them to do this. In order to communicate the human spiritual condition the Expressionists made use of new, strong, assertive forms, often violently distorted, symbolic colours and suggestive lines.” (Oxford Art Online).

Bixler Art and Music Library is featuring a display of books on German Expressionist arts and artists, to coordinate with the Colby Museum’s summer exhibition, “Self and Society: The Norma Boom Marin Collection of German Expressionist Prints.”

This display was designed and compiled by Izzy Labbé, Research and Instruction Projects Assistant for summer 2018, under the supervision of Margaret Ericson, Arts Librarian. Izzy lives locally and is currently a student at Wellesley College. We think she’s done an excellent job! We welcome you to come view the display and pick up a copy of the German Expressionism Bixler Library Display Bibliography 6-20-18