Impressionist works include fairly small, slender, yet clear brush strokes, clear composition, stress on precise depiction of light in its varying qualities (frequently stressing the impacts of the passage of time), usual themes, insertion of movement as a vital factor of human insight and experience, as well as unusual visual angles. Post-Impressionism, on the other hand, describes the evolvement of French art after Manet. The movement extended impressionism whereas declining its limitations: they still maintained vivid colors, frequently thick use of paint and real-life theme or subject matter (Halsall, 2005). However, they were more prone to highlight geometric forms, bend form for a rich and open effect, and use arbitrary or unnatural color (Gowing, 2005). This paper will offer a wide-ranging assessment of these two art movements (impressionism and post-impressionism) by describing the characteristics of the two styles and social conditions that may have contributed to the advent of the style, the relationship between the periods, stylistic and historical similarities or differences between the periods, compare one specific work from the earlier period with one specific work from the later period and finally explain the stylistic influence that the later art period had on the future art world.
Some of the vital traits of impressionism include clear brush strokes, day lighting, clear lines and less deep colors. Impressionist artists applied large and visible brush strokes to assist in portraying an abstract mood (Gowing, 2005). They developed diverse textures, both physically and visually, with different colors put together. Impressionist painters dedicated their entire works to a single object seen during diverse times of the day. The lines from this movement were normally subtle and blurry (Gowing, 2005). Finally, the colors from this movement were imaginary, though not essentially romanticized.
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