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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.
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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....Read more ›
I would recommend this book.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
this is a very nice anthology....having searched for various compilations on expressionistic woodcuts, this is the only one readily available at a fair price of 7-10 dollars while... Read morePublished 19 months ago by David T.
This is a great book.. it was purchased "used" but it.looks new and the seller packaged it well. Read morePublished 20 months ago by one silver bell
For someone starting out with woodcuts, this is a truly inspirational book. Has the feel of the original prints. Few words, excellent images. Endlessly fascinating.Published on April 22, 2014 by Rosemary Peek
More prints than I realized were done in that period. A good source book for print makers, drawings and glass engravings.Published on November 2, 2013 by Peter Alan Cummings
This is not an art review, this is a review of the delivered documentation that is perfect for the purpose. Read morePublished on July 27, 2013 by Alex Nodopaka