Introduction to Post-Impressionism

Just like its name suggests, post-impressionism came after impressionism. The term was first introduced by the English art critic Roger Fry.

Unlike many other art trends, Post-impressionism was not a movement. The term is a collective name for works of artists who used the effects of the outdoor palette and light to create more formal pieces of art. Eventually, their work gave birth to modern abstractionism

Since post-impressionism was not a movement, one of the best ways to talk about it is to talk about most prominent artists who worked in this style.

Georges Seurat

Seurat took the impressionist method of using broken colors to a new extreme. He painted thousands and thousands of dots and thin lines of contrasting colors next to each other. He did it not only on canvas but also on canvas frames, suggesting that this would create an optical mixture. His compositions were often rooted in the works of scholars who thought that movements of lines and their relation to one another could influence the emotions of the people looking at them. This being said, it’s often hard to find a connection between Seurat’s theories about how colors and movements work and some of his best art pieces. You can Click here to see some of them. Seurat was a gifted artist who created a series of pieces as abstract as the works that Picasso would later create.

Vincent Van Gogh

Van Gogh had a wild personality. He also had terrible mood swings and deep depressions. Late in his life, he committed himself to a mental asylum, but it’s still Vincent_van_Gogh_-_Irises_(1889)questionable whether he had a mental condition or not.

Contrary to a popular myth, Van Gogh did sell a number of his paintings during his life. He also possessed a collection of paintings. He has a number of students and he didn’t commit suicide. He fell against a gun that went off. He later was treated by a doctor, but the doctor made a number of fatal mistakes.