Post-Impressionism & Its Impact on Modern Art

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Post-Impressionism & Its Impact on Modern Art

‘Post-Impressionism’ was the successor of the ‘Impressionist’ style of painting. Famous English art critic Roger Fry organised his first exhibition in London and coined the term ‘Post-Impressionism’ to classify the artwork of the late 19th Century painters. These artists were Vincent Van Gogh, Paul Cézanne, and Paul Gauguin, regarded as the pioneers and frontrunner ‘Post Impressionists.’ Georges Seurat and Henri De Toulouse-Lautrec were among other painters inspired by ‘Impressionism.’ They however, developed their own styles to enhance and emote through their art thereby, joining the club of ‘Post Impressionists.’

‘Impressionism,’ as an art movement, started in France in the late 19th Century. This style of painting concentrated on capturing the immediate mood or the visual impression of a scene with live subjects, through the effects of color and light. The ‘Post-Impressionist’ painters defied the principle of the objective recording of nature. They concentrated on bringing about more structure, form, and expression to their work in their own distinctive styles. ‘Post-Impressionists,’ like ‘Impressionists,’ used swirling brush strokes, direct colors, and real life subjects, only to differ in capturing greater emotional depth. They therefore, added new dimensions to their significantly more expressive art.

Garden with Courting Couples
Garden with Courting Couples. – Vincent van Gogh (1853 – 1890), Paris, May 1887.

Oil on canvas, 75.0 cm x 113.0 cm. Credits (obliged to state): Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam (Vincent van Gogh Foundation)