The Expressionist Chair

SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERA…After a lengthy and animated discussion in my German Film seminar about the chair in Das Kabinet des Doktor Caligari. I personally would take the expressionist version any day.

Expressionism, n: a term used to describe works of art and literature in which the representation of reality is distorted to communicate an inner vision. The expressionist transforms nature rather than imitates it.

Highly recommended if you like creepy, campy silent films from 1920s Germany. Also, the aesthetics of the whole thing were rather Kafka. Behold the original:

chair

7 thoughts on “The Expressionist Chair

  1. I like the more ladder-like quality of your drawing, i.e. the scholar’s chair is crafted for ascent.

    “Expressionism is notoriously difficult to define, in part because it ‘overlapped with other major “isms” of the modernist period: with Futurism, Vorticism, Cubism, Surrealism and Dada.’ … The search for an all-inclusive definition is problematic to the extent that the most challenging expressionists such as Kafka, Gottfried Benn and Döblin were simultaneously the most vociferous “anti-expressionists.” From Wikipedia article on expressionism.

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