German Expressionist Paintings and Education

Haim Gordon

German Expressionist Paintings and Education

2009,  European Studies in Education,  Band 27,  164  Seiten,  E-Book (PDF),  22,40 €,  ISBN 978-3-8309-7175-7

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This book has two aims. The first aim is a modest attempt to help to overcome the neglect to which German expressionist paintings have been condemned by historians and art critics.

The second aim is more difficult from an educational perspective. The book points out that a moving beauty and worthy truths call out from many German expressionist paintings. At times, this beauty and these truths may be comprehended straightforwardly.

To complement the direct encounter with these paintings, the book suggests learning from concepts, ideas, and insights presented by existentialist philosophers.

The book shows that these concepts, ideas, and insights can assist in harkening to the call of beauty and truth that calls out from the paintings of the six German expressionist painters which are discussed here: Max Beckmann, Otto Dix, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Otto Mueller, Karl Schmidt-Rottluff, and Erich Heckel. Thus, they can assist the educator in showing the grandeur of the works of the six painters.

The book points to the educational value of the personal and existential encounter with the beauty and truths that call out from the paintings of these artists.