'Quintessence of Expressionism' Tee
'Quintessence of Expressionism' Tee
'Quintessence of Expressionism' Tee
'Quintessence of Expressionism' Tee
'Quintessence of Expressionism' Tee
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'Quintessence of Expressionism' Tee

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"Have the Expressionists fulfilled our expectations of an art that brands the essence of life into our flesh? NO! NO! NO!"

I'm not entirely sure what German Dadist Richard Huelsenbeck meant by this statement, but it's clear that he really hated Expressionism. This lovely shirt bears an illustration from Huelsenbeck's essay "What did Expressionism want?" from the 1918 publication Der Dada 3. I suspect it was intended to mock the facile harmony of Expressionist art, which aimed to provide a mystical understanding of the human condition—but unfortunately for Huelsenbeck, his own frantic energy bled through into this illustration, and it positively vibrates with Dadist verve. Apparently everything a true Dadist touches becomes Dada.

And the shirt, well, it's incredibly comfortable. Over the past year and a half I've sampled and sourced shirts from 8 different vendors, and this tee is easily the best I've found. Super soft with an easy stretch, it can be worn body-tight or long and loose. It's unisex, combed, ring-spun with durable, high clarity printing. My closet is now full of them. So buy one, and when you wear it out on your anti-establishment missions, use #obeliskart to share it. I love seeing history in the wild.



Size guide


  S M L XL 2XL 3XL
Length (inches) 28.00 29.00 30.00 31.00 32.00 33.00
B) Half Chest (inches) 18.11 20.00 22.00 24.00 26.00 28.00


Care instructions

Wash Machine, warm, inside out, like colors
Tumble Dry Low
Bleach Only non-chlorine
Dry Clean Do not dry clean
Iron Do not iron