Impressionism started in France. By reference to Matthew Collins, Impressionism was the first movement of modern art and it started in 1880s. Impressionism is about reality, expressions, sensations, and the use of the boldness of colours. Artists such as Edward Manet and Gustave Courbet were two artists who opened the door to impressionism. But the artist who started it was Claude Monet.
In 1870s Impressionist artists began to produce paintings which showed their sensations, they painted on small …show more content…
The three main artists which were called post-impressionists after their death were Paul Cezanne, Paul Gauguin and Vincent Van Gogh. But it mainly started with Paul Cezanne.
Paul Cezanne and Paul Gauguin were the post-impressionist artists who began to respond the questions raised by impressionists, their artworks had lots of feelings in them, they also felt that something more is needed. So they started using colour differently, such as Cezanne’s use of colour to create pictorial structures, and Gauguin’s richness of colours in his works.
Paul Cezanne use of bold colours, which Monet also uses, is one of his techniques. He says that “Colour must reveal every internal in depth”. He mostly focuses on the atmospheres and the structure of the scenes that he paints. After 1882, he began to change to way he paints, moving him to post impressionism; he began to use restricted earthy colours. As you can see in this painting called Mont Sainte-Victorie seen from Les Lauves, the way he paints is mostly felt in this painting, painting these strange mountains with use of brush strokes, which are very divine. He also showed the rocks and the trees in not a clear way, it is more like illusions that were also seen in Monet’s impression, sunrise