French & German Expressionism

This week’s Modern Art Notes Podcast leads off with Los Angeles County Museum of Art curator Timothy O. Benson.

Benson is the curator of "Expressionism in Germany and France: From Van Gogh to Kandinsky." The show reveals how expressionism, typically considered a German movement, had its roots in late 19th-century French art and then presents how central European artists discovered, learned from and expanded upon developments in France. 

It’s on view through September 14. The exhibition’s catalogue, published by Prestel, is terrific. Amazon offers it for $50.

This is Vincent van Gogh’s Pollard Willows at Sunset (1888). A small canvas installed in the first space in Benson’s exhibition, much of “Expressionism in Germany and France” seems to radiate out from van Gogh’s approach to this painting.

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This week’s Modern Art Notes Podcast leads off with Los Angeles County Museum of Art curator Timothy O. Benson.

Benson is the curator of "Expressionism in Germany and France: From Van Gogh to Kandinsky." The show reveals how expressionism, typically considered a German movement, had its roots in late 19th-century French art and then presents how central European artists discovered, learned from and expanded upon developments in France. 

It’s on view through September 14. The exhibition’s catalogue, published by Prestel, is terrific. Amazon offers it for $50.

The first two pictures here show the remarkable final wall of Benson’s show. The wall drives home a key point: The outbreak of World War I ended a remarkable 20-year period of cross-border innovation in European visual art. As you can see, it notes that several of the artists whose work is just a few feet away were killed in the war, and others would suffer severe trauma. The third picture shows roughly the view a visitor has looking from this wall back into the exhibition. Click on any of the images to expand.

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This week’s Modern Art Notes Podcast leads off with Los Angeles County Museum of Art curator Timothy O. Benson.

Benson is the curator of "Expressionism in Germany and France: From Van Gogh to Kandinsky." The show reveals how expressionism, typically considered a German movement, had its roots in late 19th-century French art and then presents how central European artists discovered, learned from and expanded upon developments in France. 

It’s on view through September 14. The exhibition’s catalogue, published by Prestel, is terrific. Amazon offers it for $50.

These are two paintings by Franz Marc that Benson and MAN Podcast host Tyler Green discuss on this week’s program. At top is Stony Path (Mountains/Landscape) (1911-12) from the collection of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Below it is Marc’s Stables (1913), which is at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. Both are included in the LACMA show. Marc was killed in the Battle of Verdun in 1916.

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This week’s Modern Art Notes Podcast leads off with Los Angeles County Museum of Art curator Timothy O. Benson.

Benson is the curator of "Expressionism in Germany and France: From Van Gogh to Kandinsky." The show reveals how expressionism, typically considered a German movement, had its roots in late 19th-century French art and then presents how central European artists discovered, learned from and expanded upon developments in France. 

It’s on view through September 14. The exhibition’s catalogue, published by Prestel, is terrific. Amazon offers it for $50.

The artwork at the top of this post is the most important painting of the 20th century: Henri Matisse’s Blue Nude, Memory of Biskra (1907). It isn’t in Benson’s show, but it’s influence is evident and often overt. Included here are some of the many ways artists engaged with Blue Nude. All are in “Expressionism in Germany in France.” From top-to-bottom:

Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Dodo Playing with Her Fingers (1909). Collection of the Milwaukee Art Museum;

Erich Heckel, Scene in the Woods (1910), Plate 2 of the portfolio “Die Brucke VI (1911), Collection of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art;

Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Reclining Nude in Front of Mirror (1909-10). Collection of Brucke Museum; and

Max Pechstein, Dancers and Bathers at a Forest Pond, 1912. Collection of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

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French & German Expressionism

This week’s Modern Art Notes Podcast leads off with Los Angeles County Museum of Art curator Timothy O. Benson.

Benson is the curator of "Expressionism in Germany and France: From Van Gogh to Kandinsky." The show reveals how expressionism, typically considered a German movement, had its roots in late 19th-century French art and then presents how central European artists discovered, learned from and expanded upon developments in France. 

It’s on view through September 14. The exhibition’s catalogue, published by Prestel, is terrific. Amazon offers it for $50.

This is a detail of German painter Karl Schmidt-Rottluff’s Reflective Woman (1912). The painting suggests how Schmidt-Rottluff learned from French artists and art movements, including from Cezanne’s brushwork and the Fauves’ use of bright, flat colors. 

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The second segment of this week’s Modern Art Notes Podcast features artist and organizer Mary Miss.

Miss is the founder of City as Living Laboratory, an organization that provides a platform for artists, scientists, planners, policy makers and the general public to be more environmentally aware. In conjunction with Marfa Dialogues St. Louis, a program of the Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts, Miss will be leading a walk through central Saint Louis on August 2. Marfa Dialogues St. Louis events run from July 30 through August 3. 

This post features an earthwork Miss created in 1975. She and host Tyler Green discussed it on this week’s program. The first three images here are drawings Miss created of the work. They are followed by the untitled piece as it is installed on the grounds of the Allen Memorial Art Museum at Oberlin College in Ohio. The drawings and the work are all in AMAM’s collection. The bottom image is a Google Satellite picture that shows where the work is installed.

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This week’s Modern Art Notes Podcast leads off with Los Angeles County Museum of Art curator Timothy O. Benson.

Benson is the curator of "Expressionism in Germany and France: From Van Gogh to Kandinsky." The show reveals how expressionism, typically considered a German movement, had its roots in late 19th-century French art and then presents how central European artists discovered, learned from and expanded upon developments in France. 

It’s on view through September 14. The exhibition’s catalogue, published by Prestel, is terrific. Amazon offers it for $50.

Benson and host Tyler Green discuss German artist Erich Heckel at particular length on this week’s show. These three Heckels show how the painter moved through French expressionism in order to arrive at his own distinct style. At top is the 1905 The Elbe at Dresden, which reveals Heckel’s interest in neo-impressionism. Then the 1909 Sand Diggers on the Tiber shows Heckel pairing dramatic brushstrokes (a la van Gogh) with spare but bright colors (a la the Matisse-led Fauves) with a dramatic perspective that is his own. Finally, in the 1910 Girl with a Doll Heckel nods at the French presentation of the nude, but otherwise the paint-handling, color and psychological content is all Heckel’s. 

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French & German Expressionism

This week’s Modern Art Notes Podcast leads off with Los Angeles County Museum of Art curator Timothy O. Benson.

Benson is the curator of "Expressionism in Germany and France: From Van Gogh to Kandinsky." The show reveals how expressionism, typically considered a German movement, had its roots in late 19th-century French art and then presents how central European artists discovered, learned from and expanded upon developments in France. 

It’s on view through September 14. The exhibition’s catalogue, published by Prestel, is terrific. Amazon offers it for $50.

Among the topics that Benson and host Tyler Green discuss on this week’s show is Benson’s use of works on paper to demonstrate how central European artists translated French ideas into what has come to be known as ‘German Expressionism.’ This is a detail of Gabriele Münter’s woodcut Aurelie (1906). Münter, who was German, dated Russian painter Wassily Kandinsky and studied at the Paris academy run by Henri Matisse. 

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This week’s Modern Art Notes Podcast leads off with Los Angeles County Museum of Art curator Timothy O. Benson.

Benson is the curator of "Expressionism in Germany and France: From Van Gogh to Kandinsky." The show reveals how expressionism, typically considered a German movement, had its roots in late 19th-century French art and then presents how central European artists discovered, learned from and expanded upon developments in France. 

It’s on view through September 14. The exhibition’s catalogue, published by Prestel, is terrific. Amazon offers it for $50.

These are three of the pictures Benson and host Tyler Green discuss on this week’s show. At top is Henri Matisse’s Open Window, Collioure (1905). Max Pechstein’s Young Girl (1908, click to expand) is at bottom left. Next to it is Paula Modersohn-Becker’s Girl with Flower Vases (1907).

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French & German Expressionism

This week’s Modern Art Notes Podcast features Los Angeles County Museum of Art curator Timothy O. Benson and Mary Miss.

Benson is the curator of "Expressionism in Germany and France: From Van Gogh to Kandinsky." The show reveals how expressionism, typically considered a German movement, had its roots in late 19th-century French art and then presents how central European artists discovered, learned from and expanded upon developments in France. 

It’s on view through September 14. The exhibition’s catalogue, published by Prestel, is terrific. Amazon offers it for $50.

The second segment is a conversation with Mary Miss, the artist who founded City as Living Laboratory, an organization that provides a platform for artists, scientists, planners, policy makers and the general public to be more environmentally aware. In conjunction with Marfa Dialogues St. Louis, a program of the Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts, Miss will be leading a walk through central Saint Louis on August 2. Marfa Dialogues St. Louis events run from July 30 through August 3. 

The Modern Art Notes Podcast is an independent production of Modern Art Notes Media. The program is edited by Wilson Butterworth. The MAN Podcast is released under this Creative Commons license. 

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