Post-Impressionist Movement within Modernism
Vincent Van Gogh (1853-1890)
Technique: Oil on Canvas
Post-Impressionism is a term contrived by British Art critic Roger Fry. It was used in 1910 to describe the development of French Art since Manet. Post-Impressionism was seen as extending impressionism whilst rejecting its limitations. Post-impressionistic Artist continued using many techniques and styles of impressionism however they were more inclined to emphasize geometric forms, to distort forms for expressive effect, and to use unnatural or arbitrary colours.
Post-impressionist focal point of their paintings were real-life subjective forms. They developed a range of styles that focus on emotional, structural, symbolic and spiritual elements. The artists of this movement were dissatisfied with the triviality and the loss of structure in impressionist painting.
Impressionist artist continued using vivid colors, thick application of paint and distinctive brush strokes like impressionist artists. However they were disinterested in recording light and color phenomena. Post-Impressionism is characterized by bright color, sharp, often outlined edges. Post-Impressionist artists used short choppy brush strokes similar to impressionists. They were interested in creating form with broken color and short brush strokes. Post-Impressionist artworks developed the the sub-movement impressionism within modernism altering the artistic movement developement.