Impressionism and Post-Impressionism Essay

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Impressionism and Post-Impressionism are two artistic movements that had profound influences on the artistic community and world as a whole. Both sought to break the molds of previous artistic styles and movements by creating work truly unique to the artist him or herself. The artists of the Impressionism and Post-Impressionism movements employed vibrant color pallets, well defined brush strokes, and unique perspectives on their subjects that sought to capture light, movement, and emotions on canvas. These two artistic movements re-imagined and re-invented the artistic world of their times, with Impressionism leading the way and Post-Impressionism building and growing from it. Beginning in the 19th century, the artistic movement of…show more content…
Unlike the previous artistic movements, the Impressionists sought to move away from the rigidity of religious themes and stiff portraits that limited the artist's creativity and unique style as an artist. Even painting outside of a studio en plein air was relatively unheard of until the Impressionists stepped outside of the restrictive box. The Impressionist artists employed an advanced understating of techniques that included: Color theory, broken brushstrokes, subject matter, optics, light, and movement. These techniques allowed the Impressionists to separate their work and style from that of previous artistic movements. Though they employed a variety of techniques to achieve their unique style, the technique that truly set them apart was their use of broken brushstrokes. Previous artistic movements sought to hide brushstrokes into a soft, smooth, seamless design. But by doing this, the unique style of the artist is limited. The broken brushstroke technique allowed the artist to put his or her brushstrokes at the forefront of the painting, they became as important to the painting as the subject matter itself. And each artist was able to use this technique to their own unique benefit. From Monet and his small yet delicate brushstrokes lending to an almost pixilated quality, to Edgar Degas who used a softer hand and brushstroke to create a light and ethereal feel to his paintings while
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