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The 12 months 1910 marks an marvelous, and principally unrecognized, juncture in Western background. during this perceptive interdisciplinary research, Thomas Harrison addresses the intense highbrow fulfillment of the time. concentrating on the cultural weather of heart Europe and paying specific consciousness to the existence and paintings of Carlo Michelstaedter, he deftly portrays the reciprocal implications of alternative discourses—philosophy, literature, sociology, track, and portray. His superbly balanced and deeply educated examine offers a brand new, wider, and extra formidable definition of expressionism and exhibits the importance of this move in shaping the inventive and highbrow temper of the age.

1910 probes the recurrent topics and obsessions within the paintings of intellectuals as different as Egon Schiele, Georg Trakl, Vasily Kandinsky, Georg Lukàcs, Georg Simmel, Dino Campana, and Arnold Schoenberg. including Michelstaedter, who devoted suicide in 1910 on the age of 23, those thinkers shared the fundamental 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, used to be a final, determined try via the intelligentsia to guard the most venerable assumptions of eu tradition. This ideological desperation, he claims, was once greater than a religious prelude to global struggle I: it used to be an unheeded, prophetic critique.

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