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The yr 1910 marks an incredible, and mostly unrecognized, juncture in Western historical past. during this perceptive interdisciplinary research, Thomas Harrison addresses the intense highbrow success of the time. targeting the cultural weather of center Europe and paying specific realization to the lifestyles and paintings of Carlo Michelstaedter, he deftly portrays the reciprocal implications of other discourses—philosophy, literature, sociology, tune, and portray. His superbly balanced and deeply educated research presents a brand new, wider, and extra bold definition of expressionism and indicates the importance of this circulate in shaping the inventive and highbrow temper of the age.

1910 probes the recurrent topics and obsessions within the paintings of intellectuals as assorted as Egon Schiele, Georg Trakl, Vasily Kandinsky, Georg Lukàcs, Georg Simmel, Dino Campana, and Arnold Schoenberg. including Michelstaedter, who dedicated suicide in 1910 on the age of 23, those thinkers shared the basic issues of expressionism: a feeling of irresolvable clash in human life, the philosophical prestige of loss of life, and a quest for the character of human subjectivity. Expressionism, Harrison argues provocatively, was once a final, determined test by way of the intelligentsia to shield essentially the most venerable assumptions of eu tradition. This ideological desperation, he claims, was once greater than a religious prelude to global struggle I: it was once an unheeded, prophetic critique.

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