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Postimpressionism is a term used for the various styles of painting that followed Impressionism in the late 1880s in France The English artist and critic Roger Fry 1886-1934 labeled the term to the movement in 1910 Postimpressionist art grew from Impressionism but strayed from traditional tendencies Artists such as Paul Cezanne Paul Gauguin Vincent van Gogh and Gorges Seurat were among the most famous The Postimpressionists all took different approaches to the new art form but shared their conflict with the traditional and academic view of art Paul C 1839-1906 developed a revolutionary style of painting that gave him the name father of modern art and was a pioneer of the art form known as Cubism C preferred painting directly from nature just as the impressionists did but slowly created his own unique style Some of his paintings he would work on for months or even years A dab of color here would be balanced by another there in a slow painstaking process Halliwell 35 C enjoyed painting landscapes He would sometimes paint the same scene a number of times One of his adorations was Mont Sainte Victoire which he painted about 60 times C would ignore surface detail and reduce it to a mass of geometrical shapes He also painted still lifes like apples and oranges which seemed to be placed in a slapdash fashion but C would spend hours arranging them in a way so that they were in perfect placement C still lifes such as his fruits flowers tablecloths and crockery have the dignity and grandeur-even the dramatic substance-which other artists extract from human beings Craven 215 He achieved the ability to bring human quality through everyday objects Some other characteristics of his paintings were the blocks of color C was not worried about painting lifelike images instead he was concerned with reconstructing three-dimensional shapes and the space between objects without breaking the flatness of the canvas Halliwell 35 This is perceptible
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