The term "expressionism" is used to describe art that combines emotions, a personal point of view and a distorted image of the world, together with an objective look at this world. Although expressive art is often associated with Germany, it was widespread in the early years of the twentieth century.
The use of bright colors for expressive and decorative effects was first developed in post-impressionist art in France by artists such as Paul Gauguin and Vincent Van Gogh. Then it was quickly mastered by a group of artists known as Fauvets (wild animals) in France, colorists in Scotland, expressionists in Germany and avant-garde artists in Russia.
Combining works made by artists across Europe,Exhibitionshows how artistic ideas are disseminated, as "modernism" attracts more and more artists.