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post-impressionism

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  • n. Alternative spelling of postimpressionism.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. In the broadest sense, the theory or practice of any of several groups of painters of the early 1900's, or of these groups taken collectively, whose work and theories have in common a tendency to reaction against the scientific and naturalistic character of impressionism and neo-impressionism. In a strict sense the term post-impressionism is used to denote the effort at self-expression, rather than representation, shown in the work of Cézanne, Matisse, etc.; but it is more broadly used to include cubism, the theory or practice of a movement in both painting and sculpture which lays stress upon volume as the important attribute of objects and attempts its expression by the use of geometrical figures or solids only; and futurism, a theory or practice which attempts to place the observer within the picture and to represent simultaneously a number of consecutive movements and impressions. In practice these theories and methods of the post-impressionists change with great rapidity and shade into one another, so that a picture may be both cubist and futurist in character. They tend to, and sometimes reach, a condition in which both representation and traditional decoration are entirely abolished and a work of art becomes a purely subjective expression in an arbitrary and personal language.

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Examples

  • Lloyd Morris recounted the “outrage and protest [which] flared up in newspaper headlines” and “Cubism, futurism, post-impressionism became issues in a battle that engaged the general public.”

    The Armory Show, 1913 | Edwardian Promenade

  • An adjunct to the Gauguin exhibition there, his program centered on French and French-oriented composers who transmuted into sound some of the concepts driving the paintings and poetry of impressionism, post-impressionism and symbolism.

    At National Gallery, piano program from Wilhem Latchoumia befitting Gauguin

  • Hope that I would have a transformative art experience viewing the most reliable touchstone in all of art: Late 19th century French post-impressionism.

    Mat Gleason: Suffocating in San Francisco With Van Gogh, Gauguin, Cezanne and a Thousand Tourists

  • Under the influence of French artists Maurice Utrillo and Maurice de Vlaminck, he shed the post-impressionism he'd carried from Japan, and when he returned home he helped usher in a new modernism there.

    Time Off: Cultural Events Around Asia

  • The splendor of this show is heart-stopping, as it tells the story of how Russian artists of the modern period turned from their parochialism as they learned about and interacted with French art, while incorporating the textures of Russian life and folk art into work inspired by impressionism, post-impressionism and finally abstract painting.

    From Russia With Art:

  • And very much, you know, a kind of style of writing which broke away from the straight narrative and tried to capture moments of time, very -- in a way, rather like post-impressionism as well, breaking away from narrative in pictures, breaking it up into moments, either bits of light or moments of construction.

    John Maynard Keynes: Fighting for Freedom, 1937-1946

  • During the eighteen-eighties it developed along divergent lines which led to post-impressionism and various twen - tieth-century styles.

    IMPRESSIONISM IN ART

  • That this was again coming into its own, Mother Francis was not aware, Mrs. Bradley concluded; this for the simple reason that she did not realise that it had ever given place to the impressionistic school, cubism, post-impressionism, or the erotic iniquity of surrealism.

    St Peter's Finger

  • Flandrin was amongst the first to rebel against Impressionism -- against that impressionism, I mean, which remained implicit in post-impressionism.

    Since Cézanne

  • It is not generally known, I believe, that post-impressionism has escaped from the field of pictorial art, and is running rampant in literature.

    Definitions: Essays in Contemporary Criticism

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