German expressionism was an early twentieth century German art movement that emphasized the artist’s inner feelings or ideas over replicating reality, and was characterised by simplified shapes, bright colours and gestural marks or brushstrokes

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  • George Grosz, 'Suicide' 1916
    George Grosz
    Suicide 1916
    Oil on canvas
    support: 1000 x 775 mm
    frame: 1106 x 887 x 67 mm
    Purchased with assistance from the Art Fund 1976© DACS, 2002
  • Karl Schmidt-Rottluff, 'Male Head' 1917
    Karl Schmidt-Rottluff
    Male Head 1917
    Wood
    object: 343 x 133 x 165 mm
    Presented by the executors of Dr Rosa Shapire 1954© DACS, 2002
  • Karl Schmidt-Rottluff, 'Dr Rosa Schapire' 1919
    Karl Schmidt-Rottluff
    Dr Rosa Schapire 1919
    Oil on canvas
    support: 1006 x 873 mm
    frame: 1121 x 981 x 80 mm
    Presented by the executors of Dr Rosa Shapire 1954© DACS, 2002

There were two main groups of German expressionist artists: Die Brücke (the bridge) led by Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, and Der Blaue Reiter (The Blue Rider) led by Wassily Kandinsky and Franz Marc.

Related glossary terms:

ExpressionismDie BrückeDer Blaue Reiter