Impressionism and Post Impressionism Essay

2228 Words May 2nd, 2005 9 Pages
Expressive Essay

In this essay, I will contrast and compare the two art movements, Impressionism, and Post-Impressionism.
I will be concentrating on the works of the two leading artists of these styles Claude Monet and Vincent van Gogh. The impressionist movement is often considered to mark the beginning of the modern period of art. It was developed in France during the late 19th century. The impressionist movement arose out of dissatisfaction with the classical, dull subjects and clean cut precise techniques of painting. They preferred to paint outdoors concentrating more on landscapes and street scenes, and began to paint ordinary everyday people and liked to show the effects in natural light. Claude Monet is often
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Post- impressionism was a variety of movements driven by a group of individual artists all seeking a new way to create art. Post-Impressionism used ideas from impressionism, such as working from real life, using brilliant colours and broken brushstrokes, but rejected the idea of painting scenes exactly as they appeared. They experimented with unusual compositions and often used the texture of paint to show forms. Unlike the impressionists who were a close knit group they chose to work alone developing their own individual styles. One of the best examples of these individual styles can be seen in the work of Vincent van Gogh. He especially liked to use extremely bright and intense colours combined with long swirl brushstrokes. Van Gogh had serious mental problems and used his work to express his often-varied feelings.
A good example of Vincent Van Gogh's work is The Church at Auvers painted in 1890. In this painting he uses a range of dark and light colours to create the chosen effect. The main point of interest in this picture is the large central church with its range of surfaces and textures. We look head on at the church which fills the main part of the painting. It is quite two-dimensional and although the two wide paths that leads round both sides of the church help to create a small element of perspective this is limited due to the lack of background area .The brushwork is mainly short and thick and appears to be quite layered which makes the lines

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