In this article you will find:
- Definition of expressionism
- What are the characteristics of expressionism
- Oil painting on canvas predominated over other forms of art
- Color has a life of its own
- Shapes are created from angular lines and thick strokes
- The artists looked for the popular roots of the town
- Only love for environments and characters
What is expressionism in art?
To begin with, we want to talk about the definition of expressionism, an artistic trend that was inspired by emotional experience: “it is a modern movement that arose at the beginning of the 20th century in Germany, and in which artists distorted the physical reality of their subjects to 'express' their own emotions, feelings and ideas ”, they do not count from the MY MODERN MET collective.
Expressionist painting emerged as a reaction to Impressionism, and although it should not be encapsulated in an era or a space, we know that when we hear this term, it is generally being applied to the art of the 20th century. In which the aesthetics and approach of Vincent Van Gogh and Edvard Munch were the main forerunners of the avant-garde, because their need to capture nature was given a twist in which only the minds of the artists were exposed before the eyes of the spectators.
What are the characteristics of expressionism?
The artists of this trend proposed a return to handicrafts, and stopped considering works of art as an object to reveal them as a link, that is why at La Florela we feel so identified with this movement, so while we are telling you which ones are its main characteristics, we also tell you how we adhere to them:
1. Oil painting on canvas predominated over other forms of art
Although expressionism was an art movement that jumped from painting to film, to literature, to poetry, to sculpture, and to music. In none of these forms of expression was it as popular as in oil painting on canvas.
Sometimes they ask us why at La Florela we only work with Colombian flowers. The answer lies in this: because Colombian flowers are our oil painting on canvas.
2. Color has a life of its own
For the expressionists, the use of color was one of the things that most differentiated them from the other avant-gardes that were developing around them. They seemed pure but they were not, they arose from mixtures and gradients, and then they were portrayed in people or animals in a contrary way from the reality. Just like what happens to us with Colombian flowers: we find completely new and unsuspected colors in them that will make them to look different.
3. Shapes are created from angular lines and thick strokes
In expressionism, paintings are presented as spots joined to other spots, but maintaining a certain fidelity to objects, animals and humans, so that they are recognizable.
Have you seen our flower arrangements and have you had the same feeling, the feeling that in a bouquet, for example, there is not a defined flower but a lot of color explosion? You know why.
4. The artists looked for the popular roots of the town
As Expressionism developed far from Paris, there was a rejection of the classical tradition from Greece and Rome, which is why they looked to the pure and uncontaminated art of African masks as a source of inspiration.
We also see ourselves reflected and immersed in our Colombian roots: we gather ourselves in rose petals, carnations or lilies as an excuse (which we love) to create unique pieces, pieces that inspire and transform.
5. Only love for the environments and characters
Although expressionist art was a waste of love for the authentic and the natural. Their protagonists were everyday characters and their surroundings, their routines and their movements. Although on many occasions it seems that they could not bear their loneliness.
Why dedicate ourselves to flowers? Well, because they are a resource to keep the love for nature close to the heart, sometimes so blurred in city environments. Also, because through them we have heard the sound of loneliness, and we have embraced each other in its beauty, this to express the human in front of the modern and industrialized society, so lack of time.
We invite you to click here to learn more about our work, we know that you are going to want to take home a flower bouquet as vivid and full of color as an expressionist painting.
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