What Is Post Impressionism?

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Post Impressionism took place after the first round of Avant-garde artists, who coined Impressionism, and it consisted of more emotional, symbolic and analytical paintings. Understand post-impressionism with information from an art historian, critic and curator in this free video on art.

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Hi, doctor Betty Brown here, and the topic is post impressionism. As I'm sure you know, impressionism was an early Avant-garde art movement. It began in the late nineteenth century, in France. Where artists like Claude Monet were inspired by their predecessors, Gustave Courbet, and Edouard Manet, to create images of their own daily realities. Monet was in love with light, and color, and he sought to capture the fleeting impressions of light, and color, as they played across a harbor, or a picnic ground. That was impressionism, but post impressionism, was the next generation of Avant-garde artists, and it was dominated by immense personalities, like Paul Gauguin and Vincent Van Gogh, and Paul Cezanne. And they all took different approaches. Gauguin sought symbolism, in a, what he called primitive life, whether it was in northern France, or Tahiti. Van Gogh sought to infuse his paintings with deeply felt, passionate, emotions, so that he could portray the evil in men's souls, and the way the divine touches our daily experience. And Paul Cezanne, anticipating cubism, sought to analyze the structure, and form of apples, and tables, and a mountain that he saw outside his studio window. Post impressionism, second generation of Avant-garde artists, located in France, taking a whole lot of different approaches, building on the advances of the impressionists before them.


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