About the Class
Formally groundbreaking and thematically shocking, the diverse body of art that constitutes “expressionism” shared a belief in the power of subjective experience to radically reshape a rapidly modernizing society. In this course, we will follow the expressionist impulse as it coursed its way through German art, from Die Brücke to the post-expressionist interwar period. As we examine a wide array of media, including painting, sculpture, prints, and film, our focus will move beyond formal innovations to locate these artworks within the tumultuous political, racial, and sexual landscapes of early 20th-century Germany.
This course takes place at the Barnes in the Comcast NBCUniversal Auditorium but is also available for online enrollment. All students, whether on-site or remote, will have the opportunity to participate in class discussions. More about online classes.
Ernst Ludwig Kirchner. Berlin Strassenszene / Berlin Street Scene, 1913–14. Neue Galerie New York and private collection. Neue Galerie New York / Art Resource, NY
Vanover is a PhD candidate at the University of California, Berkeley. He specializes in 19th- and early 20th-century Central European art and visual culture. His research focuses on drawing and the graphic arts within the context of German sexual science between 1869 and 1933. His work has been supported by museums and universities across Germany, Austria, and the United Kingdom.
Art in Context
Art in Context courses connect works of art to history: What was happening politically, socially, and culturally at the time a piece was made? How did these circumstances shape the artist’s formal choices?