Expressionism does not seek to show the world as it is, but to express it. By the second half of the 19th century, Van Gogh had opened the doors to a way of painting marked by pure expression. He exploited this through the themes of body or portrait, without hesitating to distort features.
Four hundred years prior to that, the great colourist El Greco started this trend by elongating forms, exacerbating movement, increasing dramatic intensity by emphasizing the gaze. By 1580, El Greco deliberately created an expressionism that would only reappear in full at the beginning of the 20th century.
President of the EXPRESSIONISM Section
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