Modernisim in Germany, 1890s - 1914

Instructor: Riccardo Marchi

During the last three decades, art historians have undertaken a major revision of the account of modernism developed by Clement Greenberg (1909-1994), who had privileged a vision of this line of art centered on medium-specificity and on French art. In this seminar, we contribute to this work of historical revision, by examining a range of artistic practices that emerged in Germany during the exceptionally fecund years preceding World War I. We focus on artists such as August Endell, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Erich Heckel, Max Pechstein, Wassily Kandinsky, Gabriele M√ľnter, Franz Marc, and Paul Klee. Through discussion of recent scholarship on these artists, we study in depth select examples of their work in light of broad issues: the decorative; modernity; primitivism; abstraction; the position of women artists; the role of avant-garde art galleries and journals; the notion of Expressionism.

All texts will be in English.