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In a broader sense expressionism is one of the main currents of art in the later 19th and the 20th centuries and its qualities of highly subjective personal spontaneous self expression are typical of a wide range of modern artists and art movements expressionism can also be seen as a permanent tendency in germanic and nordic art from at . 3 like fauvism colors are unrealistic but expressionists were not obsessed with red the unnatural colors are often dark to express their feelings about the modern world someone once labelled expressionism as fauvism with dark glasses edvard munchs masterpiece is an example in his own words he painted the clouds like real blood. Among the overviews of german expressionism shulamith behrs book published by the tate gallery in a series on modern art movements stands out for being concise and wonderfully readable combining the latest research with original contemporary texts behr manages to tell the history of the movement in a style that is at the same time highly educative and greatly entertaining. There are many movements that make up what we know today as modern art in each case artists sought to achieve a likeminded goal regardless of their own style preferences impressionists for example reimagined ephemeral moments in time on canvas