Visual Art History: Since 1900

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Visual Art History: Since 1900


Post-impressionism is the term described for the development of French art. Post-Impressionism is the extension of Impressionism. It rejected the limitations of the Impressionism era and continued using the bright vivid colors, thick paint, and unique strokes of the brush. It influenced many more art movements such as Cubism, Pointillism, Neo Impressionism, and Fauvism. In this paper, post-impressionism and its influence on other art movement discussed. The renowned artists of the post-Impressionism era, Vincent van Gogh, Charles Angrand, Paul Cézanne; their lives and works are also comprehended (Yve-Alain, 1998).

Thesis Statement

Fauvism was the best prepared of all the twentieth century revolutions

Discussion and Analysis

As the British critic, painter, and teacher Lawrence Gowing remarked, "Fauvism was the best prepared of all the twentieth century revolutions." But one should add that it was also one of the : it lasted but a season. True, most of the Fauves had known each other for years and had long considered the older Matisse as their leader (between 1895 and 1896, Albert Marquet l1875~ 1947], Henri Manguin [1874~1949], and Charles Camoin was his colleagues in the studio of Gustave Moreau, the only oasis of freedom at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts, and when he switched to the Academic Carriere after Moreau's death in 1898, he met Andre Detain, who soon introduced him to Maurice de Vlarninck [1876~1958]). But the initial spark can be traced to Matisse's visit to Vlarninck's studio, at Detain's urging, in February 1905. Matisse had then just finished Luxe, calve et volupte, of which he was rightfully proud, but now he felt unsettled by the colorist violence of Vlaminck's production. It would take him the whole summer, which he spent with Derain in Collioure, close to the Spanish border, to get over Vlaminck's jejune audacity. Spurred by Detain's presence, and by the visit they paid together to a trove of Gauguin's works, he painted nonstop for four consecutive months. The results of strikingly productive campaign were the key works of what was soon to be called Fauvism (John, 1992).

The term Post-Impressionism used to express a particular period in Art History as opposed to any great change of style or technique. 'Impressionism,' as a movement of art, began in the late 19th Century, in France. This painting style focused on capturing the immediacy of the moods or the visual impressions of a setting with live subjects, with the help of the impressions of colors and lights. The artists of 'Post-Impressionism' resisted the principles of the objectives of nature recordings. They focused on producing more form, expression, and structure to their works in their own unique style. Like 'Impressionists,' the 'Post-Impressionists,' applied direct colors, real-life subjects, and swirling brush stroke, only to differentiate in capturing better depths of emotions. Therefore, they adopted novel dimension to their appreciably more meaningful artwork.

The Impressionists were not trying to replicate artwork previous to them, but instead were acting on their own ideas and instinct. However, they could not help being affected or aware of past artist's discoveries and ...
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