Impressionist styled paintings are intended to represent the "impression" that the artist received from the subject matter.Time is not spent perfecting details of the subject. Paintings of this style generally focus on how light impacts the subject.

These paintings are created with quick, short brush strokes and usually with thick paint. Colors are generally applied side by side, with not much mixing. These techniques usually result in a painting with a lot of texture.

Paint is commonly applied layer upon layer, without leaving much time for the layers to dry. Traditionally, use of the color black is avoided in impressionist styled paintings.


Edouard Manet
Claude Monet
Paul Cezanne
Edgar Degas
Camille Pissarro
Vincent Van Gogh
Pierre Auguste Renoir
Henri Matisse
Berthe Morisot


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Impressionism 2
Decorative Impressionism

Self Portrait by Camille Pissaro (1903)

Starry Night Over the Rhone by Van Gogh (1888)

Vase of Sunflowers by Matisse (1889)

Wheat Field with Crows by Vincent Van Gogh (1890)

Washerwoman, Study by Camille Pissarro (1880)

Haystacks (Sunset) by Monet (1891)

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