An aesthetic and critical theory of art which places emphasis on the expressive qualities. According to this theory, the most important thing about a work of art is the vivid communication of moods, feelings, and ideas. Also see audience, empathy, expressionism, formalism, imitationalism, kitsch, meaning, sentimentality, subject, and viewer.

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