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Post- Impressionism

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Post-impressionism was a revolutionary period in art history when artists boldly redefined their approach to their craft. This movement introduced new techniques, colors, and textures into the world of painting, and renowned artists such as  Van Gogh created some of the most unforgettable artworks ever. This page will delve into post-impressionism, exploring when it took place and which artists made significant contributions to this thrilling movement. Prepare for an exhilarating artistic journey through history!

 

What is post-impressionism?
Post-impressionism was an art movement that evolved from the earlier style of Impressionism. While Impressionism focused on capturing the fleeting effects of light and color, post-impressionism sought to go beyond this and experiment with new techniques, colors, and forms. This marked a significant shift in the art world, with post-impressionism introducing a more subjective and expressive approach to painting.
One of the most captivating aspects of post-impressionist paintings is their profound emphasis on strong emotions and personal expression. Rather than just capturing what they saw, artists infused their  feelings into their work, resulting in more subjective and individualized pieces. This personal touch not only allows us to understand the art but also to connect with it on a deeper, more personal level.

Another feature of post-impressionism is the use of bold colors and brushstrokes. Vincent Van Gogh created outstanding works of art using vibrant hues and thick impasto texture to convey emotion and depth. For instance, his masterpiece 'Starry Night' is a prime example of his unique style, with its swirling brushstrokes and intense colors.
Post-impressionism showed  a departure from traditional painting styles and allowed for greater experimentation with color, form, composition, and subject matter. The bold use of color and the emphasis on personal expression in post-impressionism directly influenced the Fauvist movement, which celebrated color for its own sake.

Post-impressionism emerged in the late 19th century. It was a reaction against Impressionism's limitations and sought to explore new possibilities of artistic expression. This post-impressionism movement lasted from approximately 1886 to around 1905. It was a time of significant social and cultural change, with industrialization and urbanization reshaping society. Post-impressionist artists often reflected these changes in their works in their quest for new forms of expression.

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The Starry Night, Vincint Van Gogh, 1889

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Paul Cézanne, Still Life with Apples, 1890

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A Sunday on La Grande Jatte, Georges Seurat, 1884

A Sunday on La Grande Jatte, above, by Georges Seurat uses a technique called pointillism, this technique uses points of pure color in close proximity to each other.  The points of color form a beautifully mixed painting in the viewers eye. 

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