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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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