- (usually initial capital letter) a style of painting developed in the last third of the 19th century, characterized chiefly by short brush strokes of bright colors in immediate juxtaposition to represent the effect of light on objects.
- a manner of painting in which the forms, colors, or tones of an object are lightly and rapidly indicated.
- a manner of sculpture in which volumes are partially modeled and surfaces roughened to reflect light unevenly.
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In other words, Impressionism was a statement that vision is the result of colour forces coming into contact with the retina.
Here is the very negation of Gallic lightness and intuition, and of all other forms of impressionism as well.A Book of Prefaces|H. L. Mencken
All the colours that Impressionism has brought into fashion, are rather prone to lose some of their strength.The Letters of a Post-Impressionist|Vincent Van Gogh
People ask why we have no typical architecture of the modern world, like impressionism in painting.Tremendous Trifles|G. K. Chesterton
They were, in fact, the abstract perpetuators of Impressionism through the Cubists who represented its formal side.
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A style of painting associated mainly with French artists of the late nineteenth century, such as Edgar Degas, Edouard Manet, Claude Monet, and Pierre-Auguste Renoir. Impressionist painting seeks to re-create the artist's or viewer's general impression of a scene. It is characterized by indistinct outlines and by small brushstrokes of different colors, which the eye blends at a distance. Soft, pastel colors appear frequently in impressionist paintings.