Post Impression Art History Presentation ~ 220 Slides ~ Highly Visual ~  in Public Domain
Post Impressionism Art History Presentation ~ 220 Slides

This is a very complete, highly visual and thoroughly annotated presentation on Post Impressionist art history.

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Post Impressionism was mainly a French art movement between 1886 and 1905, with the typical overlap years for those among them who were not eager to go all the way into the modern art of cubism. These painters were reacting against Impressionism because they did not like the Impressionists’ intense focus on the natural depiction of light and color over any other factors. They were interested in abstractions and symbols instead

Some of the Post-Impressionists carried on after 1905 simply because they weren’t interested in becoming Cubists. But the Cubists weren’t reacting against the Post Impressionists anyway. They were using them as building blocks, particularly Cézanne and Van Gogh. And Cézanne and Van Gogh were already dead by 1906.

Some of the Post Impressionists were not an organized bunch of painters. Paul Cézanne and Vincent van Gogh, for example, during the period worked mostly alone and away from the others. These painters were much more capable of meeting the expression “off doing their own thing,” then the Impressionists were.

The Post Impressionists acted as a bridge, by virtue of what they were painting, between the Impressionists and Modern Art, which kicked off with the Cubists. The major exhibits these later artists saw of the Post Impressionists’ work was after their deaths.

Roger Fry, critic and artist, in 1910 originated the term Post-Impressionism to describe French art since Manet. Specifically, he used that exact phrase when he organized the 1910 exhibition, “Manet and the Post-Impressionists.”

Post-Impressionists didn’t want to get rid of the gains Impressionism had made in moving towards modern art. But they did want to get rid of its self imposed limitations. So they continued using bright colors, impasto paint, and real-life subjects BUT also began using geometric and distorted forms along with unnatural or arbitrary colors.

The average museum goer would probably tend to just lump the Impressionists with the Post-Impressionists but go “Whoa!” when viewing the Cubists after them. One has to look carefully to see what the Cubists were borrowing from the Post-Impressionists to see the Post-Impressionists as the bridge.
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