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German Expressionist Woodcuts (Dover Fine Art, History of Art) Paperback – August 16, 1994

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German Expressionism was an extraordinarily vivid presence in the art of the early twentieth century, its violent colors and often distorted, stylized forms reflecting not only the rebellious spirit of its participants, but the revolutionary mood of the new century itself. One of the most popular media used by the German Expressionists was the woodcut, important in the history of German art from the time of Albrecht Dürer (1471–1528), and especially suited to Expressionism's bold graphics.
This superb collection presents over 100 finely reproduced woodcuts from the work of nearly 30 major artists in the movement who worked in the woodcut medium. Among them are Ernst Barlach, Max Beckmann, Lyonel Feininger, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Käthe Kollwitz, Franz Marc, Emil Nolde, Max Pechstein, and many others. Most of the woodcuts reproduced here date from the first three decades of the twentieth century. They are powerful works, ranging in mood from Felix Müller's pensive portrait of Carl Sternheim (1925) to Franz Marc's electric Riding School (1913) and Ernst Barlach's profoundly moving Christ on the Mount of Olives (1920).
Readers interested in the art of the woodcut as well as students and enthusiasts of twentieth-century art will find this volume ideal for browsing and study. Individual captions for each selection, notes on each artist, and an informative introduction to the art of the woodcut and the German Expressionist movement add to the book's value as a reference work.
Dover (1994) original publication.

About the Author

Shane Weller is Reader in Comparative Literature at the University of Kent. His publications include A Taste for the Negative: Beckett and Nihilism (2005) and Beckett, Literature, and the Ethics of Alterity (2006).
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Product Details

  • Series: Dover Fine Art, History of Art
  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications (August 16, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0486280691
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486280691
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 8.5 x 11.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #134,902 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Lots of really great prints here, but I have several problems with this book.

1) the reproductions are not very good. Yes, the prints are just black and white, and how hard should that be to reproduce, but the paper is really cheap, and the black on it is very flat and the black not as black as it should be. (The ones on the shiny cover look fabulous.)

2) While I didn't expect any explanatory text, I did want to know the sizes of the prints. Some of them looked like they were very small, and blown up way bigger than the original, based on what the marks look like, and some could have been much larger and vastly reduced, and it really seems like that's information that could easily have been put on each page, along with the artist and title of the work.

3) There didn't seem to be much of a criteria for selection. Some artists were represented by only one print, and others by over a dozen, and it seemed to be more like what they had available to use rather than any kind of standard. One artist was represented by a large numbers of very simple faces (that seemed to me like were really small prints blown up), where they're all pretty much doing the same thing, which looked to me like "filling up the pages", and then there were other artists with only one or two that I would very much have liked to seen more of. I could understand a selection process of representing each artist by three or four prints, or by offering a selection of prints representative of an artist's work where the more print-prolific artists had more prints than the less print-prolific artists, but it seemed more like "Oh, we have available a lot from this guy, so we'll put them all in, even though they're not very good, and we only have a few available for this guy....
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It's true that this collection doesn't offer in-depth analysis of its subject -- but quite frankly, the art more than speaks for itself, as it was meant to, in all its stark, angular power. This is the way to be introduced to the emotionally intense, often anguished world of German Expressionism, via direct impact & experience of the images themselves. The deeply-gouged shadows are thick & tangible, like solid blocks of dread & remorse imprinted on the page; the distorted faces & bodies scream volumes, though not a single word is present. Volumes of excellent analysis are available elsewhere -- but this is the place to start, before words, before intellect -- through unfiltered feeling that grips the viewer with clutching, desperate hands. Highly recommended!
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Sorry but in contrast to the other reviews on this book I found it woeful. I had wanted some analysis and context to German expressionist woodcuts but there is only a flimsy 2 page written article and the rest of the book is made up of poor reproductions of a woodcuts by various artists. The paper is very poor quality and the page finish is flat. The upside of this book is that it was quite cheap but on the whole I think its a dud.
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An excellent introduction to German Expressionist Woodcut artists and easily worth the price.
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The kindle book is incomplete. Images are very small and don't come all images that are included on the print book.
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wonderful collection of woodcuts- like all dover books, it is a great buy!
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If you are lookig for good illustrations of the best German expressionists this will do the trick. Nice large format images of the works. Introduction helps explain the genre of this style and there is limited but sufficent information on the artists represented inthe book.
I would recommend this book.
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...then this is about the best $10 you can spend. I constantly return to this book for inspiration as it contains tons of examples of major German Expressionists as well as some I had not heard of. There's not much text to read, just page after page of raw woodcut imagery.
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