1886 - 1905

History and Importance of Post-Impressionism

Post-Impressionism is an art movement that lasted from roughly 1886 to 1905, following the Impressionist movement. The Post-Impressionism style was an extension of Impressionism, but also rejected its many limitations. The short brushstrokes that the Impressionists become know for were now taking on different forms, with artists such as Seurat making them even shorter, and artists like van Gogh making them even longer. But technique wasn't the only thing that changed with the start of Post-Impressionism. Many of the artists who made the transition from Impressionism to Post-Impressionism did so because they felt that art should be more than what you see, but also how it makes you feel, which was the most important aspect of this new art movement. Post-Impressionism would eventually become an inspiration for artists to start movements such as fauvism and cubism.


Paul Cézanne (1839-1906)

Cézanne was an artist of both the Impressionist and Post-Impressionist movements. Many of his Post-Impressionistic works are known for their lack of light and shadow, and instead, emphasis through gradations of color.

Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890)

Van Gogh was one of the most influential artists of the Post-Impressionism movement, widely known for his bright color palettes and unique, rapid brushstrokes.

Georges Seurat (1859-1891)

Seurat was a French Post-Impressionist artist known for formulating the painting techniques known as chromoluminarism and pointillism.