Post-Impressionism and Impressionism are two crucial movements in art history according to historians. The artistic creations during these movements changed the path for future artists on how they used their materials and canvas. Even though both Post-Impressionism and Impressionism have the same conceptions, they differ in many ways as seen below:


Impressionism started with Manet laying the groundwork with his new techniques used for immediate perception. He attempted to capture the moment with paint by painting as fast as possible. The other Impressionists did not exactly use the same technique, but still followed Manet’s work very closely. Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Gustave Caillebotte and Edgar Degas are some of the other famous Impressionist painters of the period.

Post Impressionism

This movement started just after Impressionism in the late eighteen hundreds. It is defined by its response opposing the Impressionism movement. Post-impressionism tried to connect the desire of artists to go beyond the passive representation of perception. The two main threads if Post-Impressionism includes art that is intellectual and cerebral like those by Paul Cezanne and the second thread that is spiritual and romantic like paintings by Vincent Van Gogh. Even though some artists following this movement used the path of shifted reality, others preferred to stick to self-expression.

“The Basket Of Apples” by Paul Cezanne is an interesting example of Post Impressionism paintings. It has a unique style along with a warped perspective, making it look different depending on where you are standing while you view the painting. The Post Impressionism period gave viewers more than to ponder over as well be more active while viewing the paintings. This led the painting causing people to interpret works of art, than just observing them.
At the end of the day, Impressionism and Post Impressionism brought about many changes to how artists of the current age paint and how viewers look at paintings as well.

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