Expressionism and Impressionism

Expressionism

Expressionism was a modernist movement, initially in poetry and painting, originating in Germany at the beginning of the 20th century.

expressionism n : an art movement early in the 20th century; the artist's subjective expression of inner experiences was emphasized; an inner feeling was expressed through a distorted rendition of reality

27 Moby Thesaurus words for "expressionism": abstractionism, coloring, deformation, distortion, exaggeration, false coloring, falsification, garbling, hyperbole, inaccuracy, injustice, litotes, miscoloring, misdrawing, mispainting, misquotation, misreport, misrepresentation, misstatement, misteaching, nonrealism, overdrawing, overstatement, perversion, slanting, twisting, understatement

expressionism \expressionism\ n. 1. an art movement early in the 20th century; the artist's subjective expression of inner experiences was emphasized. [WordNet 1.5] 2. a genre of German painting that tried to show the subjective responses to scenes rather than the scenes themselves. [WordNet 1.5]

Impressionism

Impressionism is a 19th-century art movement that originated with a group of Paris-based artists. Their independent exhibitions brought them to prominence during the 1870s and 1880s, in spite of harsh opposition from the conventional art community in France.

Impressionism n : a school of late 19th century French painters who pictured appearances by strokes of unmixed colors to give the impression of reflected light

Impressionism \Im*pres"sion*ism\, n. [F. impressionnisme.] (Fine Arts) The theory or method of suggesting an effect or impression without elaboration of the details; -- a disignation of a recent fashion in painting and etching. [1913 Webster]

Data Sources:

  • expressionism: WordNet (r) 2.0
  • expressionism: Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0
  • expressionism: The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44
  • impressionism: WordNet (r) 2.0
  • impressionism: The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44

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