Although Expressionism is associated with Germany it is perhaps more accurately European and indicates a move away from a mainly Parisian based centre for the art world.
The subject matter remained engaging and questions continue to pop into my head, why did Edvard Munch (Norwegian) paint the Scream so often? (four times and it is recognised by the influential Art Museum director Martha Tedeschi as one of the four iconic 'figurative' images best able to communicate an emotion).
Fauvism (Fauves is the French for wild beasts) followed on from impressionism and is characterised as using wild brush work and strident colours, the big names in the movement were Henri Matisse
|Inspired by El Greco?|
Fauvism is closely linked/ is a branch of Expressionism, important Expressionists included Egon Schiele an Austrian protégé of Klimt, Franz Marc who had a group (of artists), whose name was perhaps inspired by one of his works-The Blue Riders (The painting being the blue horses)
|Early Picasso Cubism|
Les Demoiselles d'Avignon is a much studied work and some of its roots can be traced to
Matisse's Bonheur de vivre (joy of life) and El Greco's - opening of the fifth Seal but there are other influences too like the tribal masks of Africa.
An artist who also took part in the development of Cubism was George Braque who is often overlooked.
Idea 131 is Green Politics
Following the growth in Environmentalism (Idea 130) there has been the formation of political parties espousing policies that champion renewable energy, cuts in pollution and preservation of the planet, in some countries they have even become part of government.
|Brighton's Green MP|
On many issues the Green party is considered leftist but the Conservatives (and others on the right)have also expressed interest in the 'Green' agenda.