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The 12 months 1910 marks an awesome, and mostly unrecognized, juncture in Western heritage. during this perceptive interdisciplinary research, Thomas Harrison addresses the intense highbrow fulfillment of the time. targeting the cultural weather of center Europe and paying specific recognition to the existence and paintings of Carlo Michelstaedter, he deftly portrays the reciprocal implications of alternative discourses—philosophy, literature, sociology, song, and portray. His superbly balanced and deeply trained examine offers a brand new, wider, and extra formidable definition of expressionism and exhibits the importance of this stream 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 dedicated suicide in 1910 on the age of 23, those thinkers shared the fundamental matters 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 try out by means of the intelligentsia to shield the most venerable assumptions of ecu tradition. This ideological desperation, he claims, used to be greater than a non secular prelude to global struggle I: it used to be an unheeded, prophetic critique.

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