German Expressionism

Der Blaue Reiter and its legacies

Edited by Dorothy Price

German Expressionism


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Book Information

  • Format: Hardcover
  • ISBN: 978-1-5261-2162-2
  • Pages: 208
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £80.00
  • Published Date: June 2020
  • BIC Category: Art History, History of art, ART / European, HISTORY / Europe / Germany, ART / History / Modern (late 19th Century to 1945), Germany, Art & Design Styles: Expressionism, Humanities / European history


This book presents new research on the histories and legacies of the German Expressionist group Blaue Reiter, the founding force behind modernist abstraction. For the first time Blaue Reiter is subjected to a variety of novel inter-disciplinary perspectives, ranging from a philosophical enquiry into its language and visual perception to analyses of its gender dynamics, its reception at different historical junctures throughout the twentieth century and its legacies for post-colonial aesthetic practices. The volume offers a new perspective on familiar aspects of Expressionism and abstraction, taking seriously the inheritance of modernism for the twenty-first century in ways that will help to recalibrate the field of Expressionist studies for future scholarship. Blaue Reiter still matters, the contributors argue, because the legacies of abstraction are still being debated by artists, writers, philosophers and cultural theorists today.


List of figures
List of contributors
Introduction: why does der Blaue Reiter still matter? - Dorothy Price and Christopher Short
1 Is der Blaue Reiter relevant for the twenty-first century? A discussion of anarchism, art and politics - Rose-Carol Washton Long
2 The dynamics of gendered artistic identity and creativity in der Blaue Reiter - Shulamith Behr
3 The 'primitive' and the modern in Der Blaue Reiter almanac and the Folkwang Museum - Katherine Kuenzli
4 The 'savages' of Germany: a reassessment of the relationship between der Blaue Reiter and Brücke - Christian Weikop
5 Kleinkunst and Gesamtkunstwerk in Munich and Zurich: Der Blaue Reiter and Dada - Debbie Lewer
6 Type/face: Wassily Kandinsky and Walter Benjamin on language and perception - Annie Bourneuf
7 Feeling blue: Der Blaue Reiter, Francophilia and the Tate Gallery 1960 - Nathan J. Timpano
8 Die Tunisreise: the legacy of Der Blaue Reiter in the art of Paul Klee and Nacer Khemir - Sarah McGavran


Dorothy Price is Professor of History of Art at the University of Bristol

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