What is Expressionism?
Expressionism is a modernist movement, initially in poetry and painting, originating in Northern Europe around the beginning of the 20th century. Its typical trait is to present the world solely from a subjective perspective, distorting it radically for emotional effect in order to evoke moods or ideas. Expressionist artists have sought to express the meaning of emotional experience rather than physical reality.
Expressionism developed as an avant-garde style before the First World War. It remained popular during the Weimar Republic, particularly in Berlin. The style extended to a wide range of the arts, including expressionist architecture, painting, literature, theatre, dance, film, and music.
The term is sometimes suggestive of angst. In a historical sense, much older painters such as Matthias Grunewald and El Greco are sometimes termed expressionist, though the term is applied mainly to 20th-century works. The Expressionist emphasis on individual and subjective perspective has been characterized as a reaction to positivism and other artistic styles such as Naturalism and Impressionism.
Edward Hopper; Office in a Small City; 1953; oil on canvas; 28 x 40 in.
“Truly great painting is not about the “subject matter,” but rather the way an artist communicates beauty, sensitivity and integrity in whatever is painted. Flowers, gardens and sunsets are no more worthy as painting subjects than a subway station full of weary commuters, or a close-up of an old run down building with cascading fire escapes.”
ABOUT PATTI MOLLICA
Patti Mollica finds endless opportunities to communicate the subtle beauty she finds in many subjects and scenes, especially the ones that are not commonly thought of in an artistic light. She delights in painting the streets, buildings, architecture, people and street life of New York City in a bold, decisive style, with hues that are intense, brilliant and contemporary. Equally, her vibrant and painterly depictions of every day still-life objects offer a look into her immense skill with composition, color, and paint that allows the viewer a unique perspective and renewed appreciation of subject. She displays that rare type of talent that enables her to breathe life into the ordinary and inanimate.
Patti lives and works with her fellow artist and jazz musician husband in New York City and Nyack, NY. She spends much of the year traveling to various parts of the country and abroad, painting and teaching workshops. Patti is the author and illustrator of several books that concisely explore the subject of painting and the artistic process. She has also created a collection of tutorial art videos that cater to those seeking inspiration from her craft.
Patti Mollica delights in painting the world around her in a bold, confident style, with hues that are vibrant, energetic and contemporary. Her work is known for its fearless use of color and expressive brushwork, while still blending a delicate balance between impressionism, abstraction and realism.
PATTI MOLLICA "Midtown Fire Escapes" Oil on Canvas, 36" x 48" - $24K Appraisal Value!
“Truly great painting is not about the “subject matter,” but rather the way an artist communicates beauty, sensitivity and integrity in whatever is painted. Flowers, gardens and sunsets are no more worthy as painting subjects than a subway station full of weary commuters, or a close-up of an old run down building with cascading fire escapes.” - Patti Mollica
Appraisal Value: $24,000.00
Our Price: $11,995.00
Artist: Patti Mollica
Title: Midtown Fire Escapes
Dimensions/Size: 36” (wide) x 48” (high)
Medium: Oil in Canvas
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