Essay on Post-Impressionism and Van Gogh: The Conduit in Art History.

Visual opulence, creativity, inimitable vision, and a style that is highly influential are the many characteristics of an admired movement in art history, that being of the Post-Impressionism movement (1875-1892). This movement, which was a by-product of the Impressionism movement, is the bridging gap between the two movements known as Realism and Expressionism. Post-Impressionism takes on some of the stylistic characteristics of these movements; however, it does not contain the all too glossy visuals of Realism or the heavily fantastic visuals of Expressionism, rather it is the intermediary of these two poles. My paper will discuss why this link was absolutely essential to the history of art movements, and I will be specifically using the artworks of Vincent van Gogh as an example to illustrate why this movement was such an illustrious and creative part of art history; with this in mind, let’s start from the beginning and take it from there.Post-Impressionism began after the split of the group of artists who were using a style known as Impressionism. This was a collective group who painted pictures as they saw it; thus the term Impressionism was used by many art critics to describe this group’s key stylistic vision. Impressionist’s saw their paintings as the interplay of light, color, and shadow on forms; thereby manifesting their vision as fleeting moments of life without the gloss of Realism or Naturalism. However, by the time Post-Impressionism or “Neo Impressionism”; as it was referred to by the notable art critic, Roger Fry, came into being the artist’s were slowly fading away and being replaced by a more heterogeneous group of artiste’s. Seurat, Cezanne, Gauguin, van Gogh, Signac, and other artists of this movement began …

…— however, no one gave us such emotional and hauntingly varied works of terrifying grandeur that gave us a picture of the mind of a lonely and tortured artist, who gave so much to the world and yet suffered in the process. Art is truly the window into our souls and thanks to the fusion of Post-Impressionism and van Gogh’s handwriting we have the most influential movement in art history.Works Cited

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Galenson, David W. and Weinberg, Bruce A. “Creating Modern Art: The Changing Careers of Painters in France from Impressionism to Cubism”. The American Economic Review, Vol. 91, No. 4 (Sep., 2001), pp. 1063-1071Rewald, John. Post-Impressionism: From van Gogh to Gauguin. New York: The Museum of Modern Art, 1978. Print.Walther, Ingo F., and Metzger, Rainer. “Vincent van Gogh: The Complete Paintings, Volume 2”. Germany: Neue Stalling, Oldenburg, 1990. Print.


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