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Expressionist Art

EXPRESSIONIST STYLE

While “expressionist” is used to describe any art that avoids naturalism and instead employs a bold use of flattened forms and intense brushwork, Expressionist art formally describes early-20th-century work from Europe that drew on Symbolism and confronted issues such as urbanization and capitalism. Expressionist artists experimented in paintings and prints with skewed perspectives, abstraction and unconventional, bright colors to portray how isolating and anxious the world felt rather than how it appeared. 

Between 1905 and 1920, Austrian and German artists, in particular, were inspired by Postimpressionists such as Paul Gauguin and Vincent van Gogh in their efforts to strive for a new authenticity in their work. In its geometric patterns and decorative details, Expressionist art was also marked by eclectic sources like German and Russian folk art as well as tribal art from Africa and Oceania, which the movement’s practitioners witnessed at museums and world’s fairs.

Groups of artists came together to share and promote the themes now associated with Expressionism, such as Die Brücke (The Bridge) in Dresden, which included Erich Heckel, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner and Karl Schmidt-Rottluff and investigated alienation and the dissolution of society in vivid color. In Munich, Der Blaue Reiter (The Blue Rider), a group led by Wassily Kandinsky and Franz Marc, instilled Expressionism with a search for spiritual truths. In his iconic painting The Scream, prolific Norwegian painter Edvard Munch conveyed emotional turmoil through his depiction of environmental elements, such as the threatening sky.

Expressionism shifted around the outbreak of World War I, with artists using more elements of the grotesque in reaction to the escalation of unrest and violence. Printmaking was especially popular, as it allowed artists to widely disseminate works that grappled with social and political issues amid this time of upheaval. Although the art movement ended with the rise of Nazi Germany, where Expressionist creators were labeled “degenerate,” the radical ideas of these artists would influence Neo-Expressionism that emerged in the late 1970s with painters like Jean-Michel Basquiat and Francesco Clemente.

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Style: Expressionist
Masturbating Woman Surrounded by Black
Located in Chicago, IL
Published anonymously c. 1920, Vienna, in an edition of 100, after the original gouache, watercolor and pencil on paper, signed and dated in the plate by the artist in middle right: ...
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1920s Expressionist Art

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Paper

Untitled (Hands)
Located in New York, NY
Louisa Chase was born in Panama City, Panama. Seven years later, her family moved to Lancaster, Pennsylvania. She studied painting and sculpture at Syracuse University and at the Ya...
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1980s Expressionist Art

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Etching

Petite danseuse aux cheveux défaits, 1991, original lithograph by Jean Jansem
Located in Carouge GE, GE
Jean Jansem (1920-2013) Petite danseuse aux cheveux défaits, 1991 Lithographie sur papier Arches Signée en bas à droite et justifiée en bas à droite 66 x 47 cm / 76 x 54 cm Imprime...
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Late 20th Century Expressionist Art

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Lithograph

I'm Alright, Just Here 2
Located in Ibadan, Oyo
Shipping Procedure FREE Shipping Worldwide Ships in a well-protected tube from Nigeria This work is unique, not a print or other type of copy. Accompanied by a Certificate of Authent...
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21st Century and Contemporary Expressionist Art

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Canvas, Oil

Four End Girls
Located in Fairlawn, OH
Lithograph, 1930 Edition: 20; this print numbered 9/20 Printed by Meister Schulz, Berlin Excellent condition Signed, numbered and titled in pencil Provenance: Estate of the Artist Cr...
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1930s Expressionist Art

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Lithograph

Sisters in Yellow 3
Located in Ibadan, Oyo
Shipping Procedure FREE Shipping Worldwide Ships in a well-protected tube from Nigeria This work is unique, not a print or other type of copy. Accompanied by a Certificate of Authent...
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21st Century and Contemporary Expressionist Art

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Canvas, Acrylic

Tranquility
Located in Ibadan, Oyo
Shipping Procedure FREE Shipping Worldwide Ships in a well-protected tube from Nigeria This work is unique, not a print or other type of copy. Accompanied by a Certificate of Authent...
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21st Century and Contemporary Expressionist Art

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Canvas, Oil, Acrylic

Dissonance 2
Located in Ibadan, Oyo
Shipping Procedure FREE Shipping Worldwide Ships in a well-protected tube from Nigeria This work is unique, not a print or other type of copy. Accompanied by a Certificate of Authent...
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21st Century and Contemporary Expressionist Art

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Canvas, Acrylic

Colorful New York Catskills Landscape Painting; Ukrainian-American Artist, 1952
Located in Baltimore, MD
This is a highly stylized 1952 New York State fall landscape oil on board by noted Ukrainian-American artist Mychajlo Moroz. The vintage painting has modernist tendencies that are ...
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1950s Expressionist Art

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Oil

'Red Roses and a Lemon', California, Post-Impressionist, Esalen Institute
Located in Santa Cruz, CA
Signed, verso, 'Ant McNaught' for Anthony McNaught (American, born 1952), titled 'Still Life with Lemon', dated 2018 and inscribed, 'After Pablo Picasso'. This California Post-Impressionist and Abstract Expressionist studied at Big Sur's Esalen Institute with Erin Gafill...
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2010s Expressionist Art

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Acrylic, Canvas

"Aquarius" Oil Painting 31.5" x 51" inch by Sergey Dolmatov
Located in Culver City, CA
"Aquarius" Oil Painting 31.5" x 51" inch by Sergey Dolmatov Year: 2014
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21st Century and Contemporary Expressionist Art

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Canvas, Oil

"Late Night at the Studio", interior, factory, teal, blue, yellow, oil painting
Located in Natick, MA
“Late Night at The Studio” by Catherine Picard-Gibbs is an Expressionist interior factory scene in a palette of teal-blue and yellow. This evocative 18 x 24 inch oil on panel painting focuses on light pouring out from the haunting depths of an empty hallway. This textural artwork is framed in a silver crackle floater frame with a black interior, making the framed size 19 x 25 x 1.5 inches. Catherine Picard-Gibbs paints with bold brush strokes, using vibrant colors to show emotion and movement in landscapes and urban scenes. Her inspiration comes from the nuance and drama of her everyday world. Her evocative works have been featured throughout Massachusetts, in New York, and in the Midwest. Picard-Gibbs is represented by Fountain Street Gallery...
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2010s Expressionist Art

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Oil, Board

Dance Moves, Original Painting
Located in San Francisco, CA

Artist Comments
The painting captures a lively scene where a group of people dances joyfully, lost in the music with closed eyes. Their vibrant clothing and fluid movements inf...

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21st Century and Contemporary Expressionist Art

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Acrylic

Portrait of a Stylish 1960's Lady, Signed Oil Painting
Located in Cirencester, Gloucestershire
Portrait of a Stylish Lady French School, Mid 20th Century Oil painting on canvas, framed Signed by the artist on the lower right hand corner Frame size: 26.5 x 22 inches Stylish ex...
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Mid-20th Century Expressionist Art

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Oil

Resting Nude Lithograph
Located in Lake Worth Beach, FL
Resting Nude, limited edition color litho. 450/475, pencil signed 11"x14" framed 19.5x23.5x1 Itzchak Tarkay was born in 1935 in Subotica, on the Yugoslav-Hungarian border. In 1944, ...
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1990s Expressionist Art

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Lithograph

Brutalist Graveside Scene Patriotic Dead Soldier, Gas Mask & Skeletons
By Nicholas Sperakis
Located in Exton, PA
Brutalist woodcut circa 1976 by Nicholas Sperakis. The image, which depicts skeletal figures around the grave of a soldier, is in very good condition. Note the American flag feature...
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1970s Expressionist Art

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Woodcut

Large Heavy Israeli Bronze Abstract Jerusalem Sculpture Moshe Castel Judaica Art
Located in Surfside, FL
Moshe Castel (Israeli, 1909-1991) - The Three Angels, Guardians of the Wall, Bronze Relief Plaque. 71/100, Signed Mounted on burgundy velvet fabric, Dimensions: 20 1/4 x 15 inch...
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20th Century Expressionist Art

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Bronze

Benavente Solis Campo de Mallorca original expressionist acrylic painting
Located in CORAL GABLES - MIAMI, FL
original expressionist acrylic painting. Framed During its first exhibition in Paris, the French press catalogs it like "The Catalan Sorolla". Honorary Member of the MECOART (Medit...
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1990s Expressionist Art

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Wood, Acrylic

Benavente Solis Campo de Mallorca original expressionist acrylic painting
Located in CORAL GABLES - MIAMI, FL
original expressionist acrylic painting. Framed During its first exhibition in Paris, the French press catalogs it like "The Catalan Sorolla". Honorary Member of the MECOART (Medit...
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1990s Expressionist Art

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Wood, Acrylic

Benavente Solis Campo de Mallorca original expressionist acrylic painting
Located in CORAL GABLES - MIAMI, FL
original expressionist acrylic painting. Framed During its first exhibition in Paris, the French press catalogs it like "The Catalan Sorolla". Honorary Member of the MECOART (Medit...
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1990s Expressionist Art

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Wood, Acrylic

Benavente Solis Campo de Mallorca original expressionist acrylic painting
Located in CORAL GABLES - MIAMI, FL
original expressionist acrylic painting. Framed During its first exhibition in Paris, the French press catalogs it like "The Catalan Sorolla". Honorary Member of the MECOART (Medit...
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1990s Expressionist Art

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Wood, Acrylic

Raventos Square Homenage a Basarely original abstract mixed media painting
Located in CORAL GABLES - MIAMI, FL
original abstract mixed media painting RAVENTÓS Mª Assumpció – (San Sadurní d’Anoia, Barcelona 1930). Raventos trained at the elite Sant Jordi School of Fine Arts in Barcelona. Raven...
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Late 20th Century Expressionist Art

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Canvas, Mixed Media

Raventos Collage Little City original expressionist mixed media
Located in CORAL GABLES - MIAMI, FL
Paris original expressionist mixed media painting RAVENTÓS Mª Assumpció – (San Sadurní d’Anoia, Barcelona 1930). Raventos trained at the elite Sant Jordi School of Fine Arts in Barce...
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Early 2000s Expressionist Art

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Mixed Media, Acrylic

"Salève mount landscape" by William GOLIASCH - Oil on canvas 50x61 cm
Located in Geneva, CH
Oil on canvas sold with frame Total size with frame 70x82 cm Signed and dated William GOLIASCH is a Swiss artist born in 1922 and died in 1986. His works have been sold at public au...
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1970s Expressionist Art

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Oil

Raventos 4 Boat Marina II " original expressionist acrylic painting
Located in CORAL GABLES - MIAMI, FL
" Marina II " original expressionist acrylic painting RAVENTÓS Mª Assumpció – (San Sadurní d’Anoia, Barcelona 1930). Raventos trained at the elite Sant Jordi School of Fine Arts in...
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21st Century and Contemporary Expressionist Art

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Canvas, Mixed Media

Raventos Vertical Small City original expressionist acrylic painting
Located in CORAL GABLES - MIAMI, FL
City original expressionist acrylic painting. RAVENTÓS Mª Assumpció – (San Sadurní d’Anoia, Barcelona 1930). Raventos trained at the elite Sant Jordi School of Fine Arts in Barcelo...
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Early 2000s Expressionist Art

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Acrylic

Raventos Citty original expressionist acrylic painting
Located in CORAL GABLES - MIAMI, FL
Manhatan original expressionist acrylic painting. RAVENTÓS Mª Assumpció – (San Sadurní d’Anoia, Barcelona 1930). Raventos trained at the elite Sant Jordi School of Fine Arts in Barc...
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Early 2000s Expressionist Art

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Acrylic

Raventos 14 MOULIN ROUGE. PARIS original expressionist acrylic canvas
Located in CORAL GABLES - MIAMI, FL
"MOULIN ROUGE. PARIS"- original expressionist acrylic canvas painting - 1997 RAVENTÓS Mª Assumpció – (San Sadurní d’Anoia, Barcelona 1930). Raventos trained at the elite Sant Jordi...
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Late 20th Century Expressionist Art

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Canvas, Oil

Happiness vase with pink flowers
Located in VÉNISSIEUX, FR
This modern colorful expressive artwork "Happiness vase with pink flowers" belongs to my “Floral” series which is full of expressionism and vivid colors where I could fully experienc...
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2010s Expressionist Art

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Paper, Acrylic

Jewish Rabbi Looking Heavenward German Expressionist Woodcut Israeli "Psalm"
Located in Surfside, FL
Jacob Steinhardt, 1887-1968 Hand signed in pencil, woodblock print woodcut. Frame: 22.5" x 18" Image: 16.75" X 12.5" "Psalm" 12/30 Jakob Steinhardt, Painter and Woodcut Artist. b....
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20th Century Expressionist Art

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Woodcut

Shepherd. Oil on canvas and cardboard, 24 x 26 cm
Located in Riga, LV
Shepherd. Oil on canvas and cardboard, 24 x 26 cm Victor Karnauh (1950, Dnepropetrovsk Oblast, Ukrainian SSR – 2012, Dnepropetrovsk Oblast, Ukraine) – a painter, a monument designer...
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1990s Expressionist Art

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Oil, Canvas, Cardboard

Raventos Street Barcelona. original acrylic painting
Located in CORAL GABLES - MIAMI, FL
Barcelona. original acrylic painting Raventos trained at the elite Sant Jordi School of Fine Arts in Barcelona. Raventós expanded her studies in etching and lithography at the Friedl...
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Early 2000s Expressionist Art

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Acrylic

Raventos 12 Big Blue Orange original expressionist acrylic painting
Located in CORAL GABLES - MIAMI, FL
"Cap vespre" original expressionist acrylic painting RAVENTÓS Mª Assumpció – (San Sadurní d’Anoia, Barcelona 1930). Raventos trained at the elite Sant Jordi School of Fine Arts in Ba...
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21st Century and Contemporary Expressionist Art

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Canvas, Acrylic

Cows in the Cotswolds, Autumn, Original painting, Landscape, Nature, Tree
Located in Deddington, GB
Oil painting painted en plein air on an Autumn day in the Cotswolds. The painting shows a view of cows grazing in a field in front of bright autumn trees. The painting is displayed i...
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2010s Expressionist Art

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Canvas, Oil

Eye, Painting, Oil on Canvas
Located in Yardley, PA
This work of the artist, as if laconic in color and content, creates an impression of depth and tranquility. Firstly, because of the cold blue-green shades, and secondly, because of ...
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2010s Expressionist Art

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Oil

Raventos 8 Dark Blue original expressionist acrylic
Located in CORAL GABLES - MIAMI, FL
Horitzo al mediterrani. original expressionist acrylic painting RAVENTÓS Mª Assumpció – (San Sadurní d’Anoia, Barcelona 1930). Raventos trained at the elite Sant Jordi School of Fine...
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1990s Expressionist Art

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Mixed Media, Acrylic

Cycle, Oil Painting on Canvas, Contemporary Landscape, Nature walks
Located in AIX-EN-PROVENCE, FR
Work : Original Oil Painting, Unique Work. Handmade artwork. Ready to Hang. Medium : Oil painting on Canvas. Artist : Deniz Bayav Subject : Cycle (Title FR) Signature : The work is...
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21st Century and Contemporary Expressionist Art

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Canvas, Oil

Town Square, Original Painting
Located in San Francisco, CA

Artist Comments
A town square boasts structures with mixed architectural styles. Lively street performers and the crowd enjoy each other's company. It captures the vibrant esse...

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21st Century and Contemporary Expressionist Art

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Acrylic

Idea!, Painting, Oil on Canvas
Located in Yardley, PA
The new work of the artist from the new series "George Alamanou coast". The picture is laconic - the color of the sea and chalk cliffs tell us that Ludmila loves this magical place i...
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2010s Expressionist Art

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Oil

Wandering Soul. Oil on canvas and cardboard, 28 x 18 cm
Located in Riga, LV
Wandering Soul. Oil on canvas and cardboard, 28 x 18 cm Victor Karnauh (1950, Dnepropetrovsk Oblast, Ukrainian SSR – 2012, Dnepropetrovsk Oblast, Ukraine) – a painter, a monument de...
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1990s Expressionist Art

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Canvas, Oil, Cardboard

Still life with flowers and apple. Oil on paper, 39. 5 x 30 cm
Located in Riga, LV
Still life with flowers and apple. Oil on paper, 39. 5 x 30 cm Victor Karnauh (1950, Dnepropetrovsk Oblast, Ukrainian SSR – 2012, Dnepropetrovsk Oblast, Ukraine) – a painter, a monu...
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1990s Expressionist Art

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Paper, Oil

Still life with flowers and apples. Oil on paper, 42 x 30. 5 cm
Located in Riga, LV
Still life with flowers and apples. Oil on paper, 42 x 30. 5 cm Victor Karnauh (1950, Dnepropetrovsk Oblast, Ukrainian SSR – 2012, Dnepropetrovsk Oblast, Ukraine) – a painter, a mon...
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1990s Expressionist Art

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Oil, Paper

Antoni COSTA Man original Figurative Academician drawing painting
Located in CORAL GABLES - MIAMI, FL
man. original figurative academician drawing painting. framed Barcelona, 1904 - Barcelona, 1965 It was formed in Buenos Aires, in the Circle of San Lucas of Barcelona and the FAD. H...
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1960s Expressionist Art

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Carbon Pencil

Emerald boy
Located in London, GB
portrait of a boy Limited edition Hand signed
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2010s Expressionist Art

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Paper, C Print, Color, Digital

Raventos BLUE Big original expressionist acrylic painting
Located in CORAL GABLES - MIAMI, FL
La Santa Espina. original expressionist acrylic painting RAVENTÓS Mª Assumpció – (San Sadurní d’Anoia, Barcelona 1930). Raventos trained at the elite Sant Jordi School of Fine Arts i...
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Early 2000s Expressionist Art

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Acrylic

Under the Stars, Original Painting
Located in San Francisco, CA

Artist Comments
The artwork depicts an expressionist city landscape at night, emphasizing emotions and subjective experience over realism. A woman's figure lies among the stars...

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21st Century and Contemporary Expressionist Art

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Acrylic

A Closed Gate, Original Painting
Located in San Francisco, CA

Artist Comments
Sunlight filters through the fence and trees, giving the scene a warm and inviting glow. Yellows, blues, and greens evoke a sense of relaxation and tranquility....

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21st Century and Contemporary Expressionist Art

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Acrylic

View of the Marsh, Original Painting
Located in San Francisco, CA

Artist Comments
Bold brushstrokes capture the lively yet restful energy of a marsh. The colors shift and blend, reflecting the ever-changing landscape. The scene portrays the v...

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21st Century and Contemporary Expressionist Art

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Acrylic

"Sicile Landscape" by William GOLIASCH - Oil on wood 35x43 cm
Located in Geneva, CH
Oil on wood sold with frame Total size with frame 55x63 cm Signed and dated William GOLIASCH is a Swiss artist born in 1922 and died in 1986. His works have been sold at public auct...
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1970s Expressionist Art

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Oil

'Pisces' by Via Li - Two Young Women in Delicate Pastels - Expressionism
Located in Carmel, CA
'Pisces' by Via Li is a captivating 30" x 40" figurative acrylic painting on canvas that embodies the dual nature of the Pisces zodiac sign through a stirring depiction of two women....
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2010s Expressionist Art

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Canvas, Acrylic

painting on canvas print glicee Dame
Located in London, GB
artist: Anastasia Kurakina acrylic painting on art print gliceé canvas limited edition hand signed This Item will be shipped rolled, without stretcher/frame Anastasia Kurakina's ar...
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2010s Expressionist Art

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Canvas, Cotton Canvas, Acrylic, Giclée

Codorniu 14 Majorca expressionist acrylic painting
Located in CORAL GABLES - MIAMI, FL
original expressionist acrylic painting. frame Painter and draftsman born in Ciutat de Mallorca in 1943. In 1959 moved his address to Barcelona. He was a student of the School of A...
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21st Century and Contemporary Expressionist Art

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Canvas, Oil

'Torn' by Via Li - Strong Vivid Female Figurative - Expressionist Painting
Located in Carmel, CA
'Torn' by Via Li is a poignant 30" x 24" figurative acrylic painting that captures a deep and introspective emotion. The canvas is dominated by a striking image of a woman, her head ...
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2010s Expressionist Art

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Canvas, Acrylic

Winter walking, Cotswolds, Original painting, Landscape, Nature, Tree
Located in Deddington, GB
A 40x30cm oil painting painted en plein air on a winters day in the Cotswolds displayed in a white frame. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Oil Paint on Board 40 H x 50 W x 3 D cm (15.75 x 19...
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2010s Expressionist Art

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Canvas, Oil

Llabres Vidal Garden original watercolor paper expressionist painting
Located in CORAL GABLES - MIAMI, FL
Jardin original watercolor paper expressionist painting.
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1990s Expressionist Art

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Watercolor

Fortune Circles Print
Located in London, GB
Several Anastasia Kurakina's artworks have been included into the Vatican Museums collection since 2017 She has exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery in London at bp portrait aw...
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21st Century and Contemporary Expressionist Art

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Canvas, Cotton, Acrylic, Digital, Giclée

'Sardinian Cove, Evening Light' original painting c2004 signed
Located in Frome, Somerset
Sardinian Cove in evening light, Costa Smeralda by Andy Gradwell circa 2004 watercolour on paper 31cm x 32cm Dry mounted for framing. A semi abstracted romanticised view of a bay on ...
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Early 2000s Expressionist Art

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Watercolor

Yellow roses in a blue vase
Located in Zofingen, AG
In this piece, I sought to capture the harmony of contrasts, where the warmth of the yellow roses breathes life into the remarkable depth of the blue vase. The brushstrokes are deli...
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2010s Expressionist Art

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Canvas, Oil

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Find a wide variety of authentic Expressionist art available for sale on 1stDibs. Works in this style were very popular during the 21st Century and Contemporary, but contemporary artists have continued to produce works inspired by this movement. If you’re looking to add art created in this style to introduce contrast in an otherwise neutral space in your home, the works available on 1stDibs include elements of orange, blue, purple, green and other colors. Many Pop art paintings were created by popular artists on 1stDibs, including Iryna Kastsova, George Grosz, Stephen Basso, and Marc Chagall. Frequently made by artists working with Paint, and Oil Paint and other materials, all of these pieces for sale are unique and have attracted attention over the years. Not every interior allows for large Expressionist art, so small editions measuring 1 inches across are also available.

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