- a person who follows or adheres to the theories, methods, and practices of impressionism, especially in the fields of painting, music, or literature.
- an entertainer who does impressions.
- (usually initial capital letter) Fine Arts. of, relating to, or characteristic of Impressionism: Impressionist paintings; Impressionist artists.
Origin of impressionist
Examples from the Web for impressionistic
The entire film consists of archival materials edited together into an impressionistic portrait of Nixon and his closest aides.‘Our Nixon’ Producers Respond to Claims the Documentary Is ‘False’
Penny Lane, Brian L. Frye
August 27, 2013
In form, the stories range from impressionistic to fairly linear.This Week’s Hot Reads: June 17, 2013
Sarah Stodola, Jen Vafidis
June 17, 2013
A pack of planets transits your impressionistic sector, where transcending the material or ordinary becomes the focus.Horoscopes for June 5-11, 2011
Starsky + Cox
June 4, 2011
The exercise is impressionistic and personal, one with which many readers will, doubtless, take issue.Ignorant America
August 30, 2010
It may almost be said that he gave it to us as an impressionistic account of his own life.Personality in Literature
Rolfe Arnold Scott-James
It looks for all the world like some sort of impressionistic valentine.Tutors' Lane
Really, the impressionistic appeal was so overwhelming I could not help it.My Life
Maybe, my last studies are not impressionistic at all, but that I cannot help.The Letters of a Post-Impressionist
Vincent Van Gogh
He arrived after the classic, romantic, impressionistic, symbolic schools.Unicorns
- (usually capital) any of the French painters of the late 19th century who were exponents of impressionism
- (sometimes capital) any artist, composer, or writer who uses impressionism
- an entertainer who impersonates famous people
- (often capital) denoting, of, or relating to impressionism or the exponents of this style
Word Origin and History for impressionistic
as a style of painting aiming to represent overall impressions rather than exact details, first attested in English 1876 (adjective and noun), coined in French 1874 by French critic Louis Leroy ("école impressionniste") in a disparaging reference to Monet's sunset painting "Impression, Soleil Levant." Later extended to other arts.