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on 18 September 2000
Among the overviews of German Expressionism Shulamith Behr's book, published by the Tate Gallery in a series on modern art movements, stands out for being concise and wonderfully readable. Combining the latest research with original contemporary texts, Behr manages to tell the history of the movement in a style that is at the same time highly educative and greatly entertaining. After examining the origins of Expressionism, three chapters present a vivid picture of its centres in Germany before WWI and its main artistic communities: Dresden and Die Brücke, Munich and Der Blaue Reiter, Berlin and Die Pathetiker. The last chapter looks at the more politicized forms of Expressionist art after 1918 as well as its fate in the Third Reich and its continued impact on contemporary art. Delineating thus one of the most influential art movements of the twentieth century in all its variations, the book is a brilliant introduction to Expressionism, all the more so since it is beautifully illustrated throughout and provides a bibliography with recommendations for further reading.
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on 2 September 2015
Shulamith Behr is a new name to me and though looking at first sight distinctly like a dyslexic typo is doubtless a real person since I see there is another title by him or her... probably her... about women expressionists.

Art historians are a curious breed sticking like barnacles to the hull of this or that cultural movement and attempting to disguise their own lack of creativity in a sea of pretentious tosh and twaddle which is for the most part irrelevant, moronic or copied from elsewhere.

Good art historians are rarer than good artists so it came as no great surprise that Behr does not belong to that small select group. In this regard I am grateful to Dr P Cramer for his cautionary review to not waste money on this effort. So the money I saved on this was spent on the comparatively rare translation into English by APH Hamilton of "Derain" by Gaston Diehl - a superb art historian and remarkable man.
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on 25 December 2013
Bad pseudo academic uninformative obscure writing is endemic amongst authors of books on art. This author is peculiarly badly afflicted. The illustrations are not even much good. Don't waste your money on this
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on 22 February 2013
Arrived in good condition, Great little book to help kick start art research for students. I would recommend anyone who teaches or does workshops to take a few of these books along with them and students will always be interested even if it is just for the images.
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on 19 June 2012
The book is concisely written for anyone studying Expressionism needing a reliable reference to a paper. Or even to kickstart learning about the subject.
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on 13 December 2014
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