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February Theme : : Emotions


 Expressionism developed during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Expressionis was opposed to academic standards that had prevailed in Europe and emphasized artist's subjective emotion, which overrides fidelity to the actual appearance of things. The subjects of expressionist works were frequently distorted, or otherwise altered. Landmarks of this movement were violent colors and exaggerated lines that helped contain intense emotional expression. Application of formal elements is vivid, jarring, violent, or dynamic. Expressionist were trying to pinpoint the expression of inner experience rather than solely realistic portrayal, seeking to depict not objective reality but the subjective emotions and responses that objects and events arouse in them.
   The expressionistic tradition was significantly, rose to the emergence with a series of paintings of Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh from the last year and a half of his life. There was recorded his heightened emotional state. One of the earliest and most famous examples of Expressionism is Gogh's "The Starry Night." Whatever was cause, it cannot be denied that a great many artists of this period assumed that the chief function of art was to express their intense feelings to the world.
   The Belgian painter and printmaker James Ensor was such an artist - with his sense of isolation.
   The Norwegian painter and printmaker Edvard Munch dealt - with different fears.
   The Vienesse painters Oskar Kokoschka and Egon Schiele first started with their expressionistic styles within Klimt's circle of the Vienna Secession. Vienesse Expressionism later gained significance between years 1905 and 1918 during a politically and culturally turbulent era of revelation of the profoundly problematic conditions of the turn-of-the-century Europe.
   In the years just around 1910 the expressionistic approach pioneered by Ensor, Munch, and van Gogh, in particular, was developed in the work of three artists' groups: the Fauves, Die Brucke, Der Blaue Reiter


The world of Emotion is vast and complex. 
For some, it's a breezy path of little negotiation. 
For others, a perilous adventure.

Explore your World of Emotion. 
Use colors, shapes, textures... 
to verbalize what you feel.

Elaborate List of Emotions  
Emotion and Memory 
Emotions and Culture 
Social Emotion

smile biggrin sad confused shock angry love struck tongue cool

Create something new based on the theme, or bring an older piece

you'd like to share. It does not have to be theme based.

I will bring beverages and chocolate. Feel free to bring a food item to share.

Thanks to James for the theme suggestion!

Thanks to Michelle for the info. from March 2009's meetup!

See you soon!


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  • Jenn

    Thanks to all for the help with set up/tear down. Much appreciated. I enjoyed the variety of mediums, and the stories behind the creations. We have such a special group. Welcome new members!

    February 28, 2012

  • james

    Great resource, lots of experienced artist's sharing their experiences & work.

    February 27, 2012

  • Ros R.

    Inspired a lot of emotion. Seemed to bring the group closer together.

    February 27, 2012

  • Albert

    Wonderfully supportive group of fellow artists that gave me positive feedback and encouragement in welcoming me to Portland. Thank you all!

    February 27, 2012

  • Cindy S.

    Thank you, Jenn, for bringing together a fun group of artists and art!

    February 27, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member


    February 26, 2012

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