Adobe Photoshop, 2015
Here, I gathered multiple important pieces from the expressionist art movement (1905-1925), ranging from Chaim Soutine’s Mad Woman to Edvard Munch’s The Scream. Expressionism aims to distort reality for the purpose of portraying emotions and the raw human experience. Oftentimes, this led artists down the road of abstraction, so as to lead the viewer from judging it on how it looks, rather how it feels. Artists weren’t in unison over a particular style in which expressionist art should be made, and as such it is worth surveying the variety of creative visualizations as a menagerie of ideas.
I structured this composition to encourage the concept that emotions are as plenty as they are varied, thus the loose cornucopia shape. This leaves a centralizing negative space which directs attention squarely upon the collective form of expressionist portraits. Many of these images were chosen in particular because of their color, since I chose only those with palettes that are similar to what one might find in a harvest (reds, golds, and greens mostly, but not blue). Although the proportions of these portraits are all over the place, the flowing movement upwards in a crescent provides harmony as well as rhythm.