Have you ever glanced at something and felt oddly fixated by what you were viewing? For instance, flicking through the tube and suddenly going back a couple channels to observe a random movie scene of a man bleeding profusely as he crawls across a factory floor, or walking through a park and noticing a young couple gazing into each other’s eyes along with the inevitable public display of affection. Nostalgia, sex, and violence. Those are the elements of uncontrollable fascination for the human species.

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Expressionism is an art form that has been around since the early 1900s, giving us an alternative to realism. Expressionism depicts emotions, whereas realism focuses on accurate details of nature or of contemporary life. The two types of art are almost exact opposites, yet in the work of some modern artists, realism and expressionism seem to occur simultaneously. While the two working together in the same painting may be deemed impossible, one artist has given us several brilliant paintings that accomplish just that. Yann Houri, a young French artist who is passionate about photography and drawing, portrays an explosion of emotion throughout his works by combining the two. Even though he isn’t the first painter to join the two rivals together, his innovative approach to the industry has brought forth violent and emotional works of art that can be described as breathtaking.

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