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German Expressionism: Documents from the End of the Wilhelmine Empire to the Rise of National Socialism (Documents of Twentieth-Century Art) Reprint Edition

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Text: English (translation)
Original Language: German

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"An indispensable anthology that immediately renders its predecessors obsolete. With its gathering of public and private documents, it carries us through the rise and fall of one of the great upheavals of modern art."—Robert Rosenblum, New York University

"These essays, including many previously unavailable in English, are rich with startling new insights into the German Expressionist psyche. Elucidating the artists' view of government, the role of women in modern society, and their own ambivalence about the effectiveness of abstract art, this anthology is essential reading for all scholars and students of twentieth-century art."—Joan Marter, author of Alexander Calder
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Product Details

  • Series: Documents of Twentieth-Century Art
  • Paperback: 370 pages
  • Publisher: University of California Press; Reprint edition (December 6, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0520202643
  • ISBN-13: 978-0520202641
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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Format: Paperback
Edited and annotated by Rose-Carol Washton Long

Assistance by Ida Katherine Rigby

University of California Press, Berkeley and Los Angeles, California © 1993

Rose-Carol Washton Long constructed this anthology around a volume of essays in order to reveal a variety of voices associated with this artistic movement. Her work is meant to augment the scope of interpretations formed around the cultural conditions of Germany. She presents a kaleidoscope of textual data from many primary sources, some of them being translated in English for the first time, that paint a detailed picture of the society, politics, and artistic regimes. Long approaches the movement in an investigatory manner that uncovers an untapped resource full of direct information. She doesn't necessarily challenge the facts provided by other art historians from her field but provides another perspective in order to advance the understanding of an enigmatic movement. It is in this sense that Long has accessed German Expressionism through a route that has been ignored by other art historians. In each section, Long includes her own enlightened analysis and interpretation of why the chosen essays provide a provocative and appropriate example of the sentiment of these artists who were working at this time. By compiling her research with well known and also abstruse primary sources, Long gives her audience a unique and often neglected perspective that places German Expressionism in its complicated matrix of time. This text has not won any awards or prizes for its content or design; however I feel that is deserving of recognition for its valuable concept. Rose-Carol Washton Long is a professor of 19th and 20th century European Art history at the City University of New York City.
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"This volume of documents is meant to supplement and enhance the recently broadened scope of interpretations by reinvolving the reader in many of the lively issues that circulated among the Expressionists during their thirty-year presence in the cultural life of Germany. ...The original editions and sources [of the excerpts] are clearly cited so the reader will be able to locate the primary text." (p. xx)

This book includes translations of excerpts of the original German documents necessary to understand the issues that preoccupied the Expressionist artists, beginning with Carl Vinnen's "A Protest of German Artists" of 1911. Each section begins with an Introduction, by Long or one of the other contributors: Ida Katherine Rigby, Stephanie Barron, Rosemarie Haag Bletter, & Peter Chametzky. There are 50 b&w illus. at the center of the book. This would be a handy addition to the bookshelf of a scholar or student. In my opinion, it is not for the beginner.

P.S. As of this writing, there is no picture or Click to Look Inside feature for the hardcover edition. However, the Table of Contents is identical to that of the 1995 paperback edition: German Expressionism: Documents from the End of the Wilhelmine Empire to the Rise of National Socialism (Documents of Twentieth-Century Art).
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this book covers a wide variety of art movements in Germany during the 20th century. It includes journal and diary entries from major artists and art critics.

My copy was in great condition and arrived on time for my class.
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Very cool book. It's interesting to read what the actual artists from the time period had to say about their work and events going on.
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I'm sorry, but as an artist, I want to see more examples
of the pictures, of the art, and there are a very great books
that become bibles for some artists( I have a few, as I say...
that are what artists makes a brush stroke and.... if they do it right.
I love all the great artists and there are many, and i think we
broke ourselves down into ism's. and we still do it today and still remembered b day.
I love the manifestos, I love the deep talk about the German Expressionism's.
I also enjoyed the crossing of groups. Maybe , if we grouped artists,
by isms, this would be easier to keep track, anticipate trends and groups.
,designers, artists. Wise words in such a screwed up world.these german
artists . The Riset of Socialism.it is a good read. Joe
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