Impressionist

19th-century Western art movement that uses the science of color, prefers painting outside to capture a specific time of day, and emphasizes objective depictions of contemporary life.

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Impressionist
Impressionism
Impressionistisch Dutch
impressionisme Dutch
Impresionista Spanish
impresionismo Spanish

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Refers to the movement in 19th-century Western art that developed in France and rejected traditional academic teaching and attempted to use science regarding the physics of color to achieve exact representations of color, tone, and light. Impressionist art is characterized by the use of small touches of pure color, painting out-of-doors in order to catch the essence of a fleeting time of day, and an objective depiction of contemporary life.

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Bibliography

  1. 1.  The Getty Art & Architecture Thesaurus, 300021503. The J. Paul Getty Trust.
  2. 2.  Impressionism and Post-Impressionism. Oxford Art Online.