So Many …isms, Part 2

This blog post is going to concentrate on Impressionism and Post-Impressionism (both Modern Art Movements) and the contemporary artists who paint in the style.


Impressionism developed chiefly in France during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Characteristics of the techniques include: short, broken brushstrokes that barely convey forms, pure unblended colors, and an emphasis on the effects of light. Impressionistic artists rejected the academic styles of the time, to pursue different subject matter and techniques. A good article on the history of Impressionism can be found here.

Some of the most famous Impressionistic painters were Claude Monet, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Paul Cézanne, and Edgar Degas.

While contemporary impressionistic artists are not part of the original movement, they use styles and techniques developed during that time.


In the late 1880s, a group of young painters sought independent artistic styles for expressing emotions rather than simply optical impressions (i.e. Impressionism), concentrating on themes of deeper symbolism. The artist did not view themselves as part of a collective movement at the time, they were simply pursuing a unique means of artistic expression. More information about Post-Impressionism can be found here.

Some of the Post-Impressionistic painters were Paul Gaugin, Vincent van Gogh, Georges Seurat, Paul Cézanne, and Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec.

Here are some contemporary artists using techniques developed during the Post-Impressionism period of art.


4 Responses to “So Many …isms, Part 2”

  1. Thanks for featuring my painting on your blog Kelly! I’m honored to be in the company of such great painters!

  2. Kelly

    I enjoyed your article very much. And also all the artist’s works , which are quite lovely.

    It is great that you use contemporary artists to feature instead of using the same old images from ‘old masters. I think seeing fresh images will make people look at the images more and’ understand more clearly what you are saying.

    Keep up the good work!

  3. I really enjoyed your posting and review of the subjects. I truly appreciate your use of my painting as an example in your article.

  4. Steve Smith Says:

    Thanks again.

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