Tag: The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari

October 24, 2013 / / Main Slate


In 1918, a humiliated and haggard war-torn Germany mounted a campaign to reclaim its stake as an international powerhouse. Artists took on the challenge of winning over a now very critical and disapproving rest of the world. From this deficit the German Expressionist movement was born. Artists reincarnated the ideology of Die Brücke which had previously manifested in 1905 in Dresden. Die Brücke (‘The Bridge’) was the theory of using high contrast and abstracted forms to strip away the constraints of modern urban life to access the raw expressions of the human condition. In effect, this art movement attempted to illustrate the most basic human emotions to establish a renewed sense of universality.