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Impressionism was a major movement in painting that developed during the late 19th and early 20th Century Impressionism started as a rebellion of a few artists in Paris around 1863 against a strict art establishment One day they took their easels went to a nearby forest and started painting in open air They painted with swift rapid brush strokes trying to catch the impression of the moment They showed the effects of light One of the artists Monet tried to capture effects of light and weather on the spot In the landscape paintings Impressionists used rapid brush strokes to capture the effect of the view They expressed light effects by bold contrasts of colour The critics did not like this new style of painting they thought the rapid brushstrokes made the paintings look unfinished and that the colour looked unnatural The impact of impressionism on later artistic movements in particular Fauvism Impressionists chose to paint everyday scenes from the world they knew They experimented with composition - framing or cropping their paintings Impressionists painted real life landscapes as they saw them They used vibrant light colours Impressionists applied their paint with great brushstrokes - they were not concerned about a beautiful finish The style of impressionism was to try and paint real-life paintings with the use of light and colour The theory of the impressionists was that pure unmixed colour should be applied to the canvas to create an impression of the subject Post-impressionism then evolved from Impressionism - Post - Impressionism is characterized by bright colour and sharp outlined edges An example of the Post - impressionists are Seurat- He explored the effects of one colour on another in pointillism Van Gogh - He used an expressive use of colour and line Fauvism then developed from Post - impressionism It was like a chain Impressionism influenced Van Gogh and Van Gogh influenced Fauvism Fauvism was an early twentieth century art movement
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