Thursday, August 22, 2013

Northfields (Ealing) Italian Eatery and Big Idea #195 is Expressionism

Wednesday is usually our vegetarian day (we try for at least one a week) and to mix things up a bit we last night  walked the mile or so to Terracotta an Italian restaurant new to us.
The restaurant is small but as a result of the warm weather many of us chose to eat under the stars in the small 'terrace' at the rear of the restaurant.
The menu had a good selection of Pizzas and Pasta so we were able to retain our Wednesday Veggie credentials both of us had a starter with a Margherita pizza and shared a bottle of water and house wine - total was around £50 including a tip - not cheap compared with similar establishments but not excessive and as they were full to bursting I guess they'd got the pricing about right.
Would try again on a day when we're eating meat generally impressions are favourable  though.

Expressionism is the idea for today ( number 195)

Expressionism is a term that embraces an early 20th century style of art, music and literature that is charged with an emotional and spiritual vision of the world where impressionist painters can be thought of as  using light the expressionists used their emotions.

George Grosz- Suicide (1916)
Edvard Munch who  is known for his  strangely coloured images of human anxiety and death pretty much summed up expressionism when he said " A work of art can come only come from the interior of man"  (seems he also said "From my rotting body, flowers shall grow and I am in them and that is eternity").
The turn of the 20th century movement was dominated by German and Austrian artists, Munch’s painting('s' - he did several) of ‘The Scream’ (1893) was hugely  influential but he was not the only artist Oskar Kokschka, Max Beckmann and George Grosz also created important works.
The plays of Strindberg also belong to the Expressionist category (A Dream Play is an example).

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