The Gorgon Murderer By Ernst Kirchner

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The Gorgon Murderer Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, a dexterous and influential german expressionist, during the revolution of german art, once stated, “Everyone who renders directly and honestly whatever drives him to create is one of us." To clarify, Kirchner, establishes the idea that in art history, expressionists illustrate the significance of conveying feelings and emotions in their artwork in preference of considering a simulacrum; an image that is not influenced by the original artwork. Expressionists emphasize the role that picturesque colors, shades, lines, bold outlines and other artistic features play in enhancing the emotional effect of their artwork on their audiences. Expressionists incorporated diverse techniques in their…show more content…
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