Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An artist, composer, or writer who practices or upholds the theories of impressionism.
  • n. An entertainer who does impressions.
  • adj. Of, relating to, or practicing impressionism, especially in painting; impressionistic.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. One who adheres to the theory or method of impressionism.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who adheres to the theory or method of impressionism in art; especially, a painter who paints in the impressionistic style.
  • adj. Pertaining to, or characterized by, impressionism.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who yields to the influence of impressions, as in descriptive writing; specifically, a painter who aims to reproduce his immediate and momentary impressions of natural objects; one who attempts to render only the larger facts of mass, color, and effect, without regard to exactness of form or completeness of detail and finish.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a painter who follows the theories of Impressionism
  • adj. relating to or characteristic of Impressionism

Etymologies

From French impressionniste. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Roman style was evolved both in painting and sculpture, the salient features of which he characterizes as impressionist or "illusionist".

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 5: Diocese-Fathers of Mercy

  • The musical style of both composers has been called impressionist, after the French painting tradition.

    Dante Quartet: Stirring Up Impressionist Energy

  • "The impressionist is a good antidote against the illusionist, who sees too much, and then adds to it a lot that he does not see."

    Over the Border: Acadia, the Home of "Evangeline"

  • Eyck's finish is saved because up to the last he is essentially impressionist, that is, he keeps a just account of relative importances and keeps them in their true subordination one to another.

    The Note-Books of Samuel Butler

  • Art critics have called the impressionist's work "reminiscent of the 19th-century Romanticists."

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  • As his Debussy cycle for Onyx has gone on, it has become increasingly obvious that Pascal Rogé has little time for the common perception of Debussy as an "impressionist" composer, all pastel shades and dewy outlines.

    Debussy: Études

  • But in the big-ticket areas of the market, such as impressionist and contemporary art, its sales fall short of its rivals.

    Bonhams Looks to Asia

  • The faces are nicely rendered, so in this they differ from the Elite which go for a more "impressionist" look to them.

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  • And before you say anything – I know it is out of focus, but i think it gives it a nice kind of impressionist painting feel.

    July | 2005 | Living the Liminal

  • Amongst other usual fare such as impressionist paintings, bronzes by Rodin & Degas, and really cool Modernism artefacts, it also has a whole load of reconstructed rooms in many styles - Chinese and Japanese in the Oriental section, old European ones, and traditional American ones up to the early part of last century and the Prairie School of architecture.

    Saint Paul A Go Go

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