1. The Expressionist Idion

In the first session of Option 7 ‘Constructing Movements in Art and Design’ we started going through the Expressionist Idiom. The session began with concentrating on artists mainly such as Vincent Van Gogh and Paul Gaugiun. Their use of colours that clashed. The strokes and the mark making. The movement, pattering and colour harmony. The feeling of nervous energy. These are the elements evident in Expressionist work.


We have analysed the work of Paul Gauguin – ‘Vision after the Sermon’ 1888


• The subjects played in this painting emphasise the power of religion
• Red background = tension/atmosphere – divorcing colour from form.


‘Objective form to subjective felt’
‘Subjectifying objective’

As we moved through different artists and their paintings we have realised that formal qualities are that shape out appreciation for art.


Matisse – ‘The Red Studio’ 1911

The red Studio

• Not about copying nature
• Isolation of space
• Flat and red colour applied to canvas.
• The colour takes priority for order to show his passion (alike Vision after the Sermon)


Expressionist movement was solely based on the exaggeration of colours, brushstrokes and shapes. These all factors were to create an ‘expression’ on the audience or even just highlight the artist’s expression. I feel it was a very individual movement were artist had the ability to express themselves through different ways of painting – great example is a troubled man Van Gogh.