Impressionism, as a painting style, is a school of paintings initially focus on art work done outdoors.

Impressionist paintings demonstrated that human beings do not see objects, but instead see light itself. Emphasizing on accurate depiction of light in its changing qualities.

A 19th-century art movement that originated with a group of Paris-based artists whose independent exhibitions brought them to prominence during the 1870s and 1880s.Sunrise, Monet

The name of the style is derived from the title of a Claude Monet work, Impression, soleil levant (Impression, Sunrise), painted in 1872.

Impressionist artists: Claude Monet, Pierre-Auguste Renoir and Alfred Sisley.

Impressionism became a precursor of various styles of painting, including Post-Impressionism and Cubism.

Painting techniques, naming a few, impasto, Wet-on-wet, or alla prima, and effets de soir

Impasto ~ paint is laid on canvas very thickly, usually thickly enough that the brush or painting-knife strokes are visible.

Alla prima ~ used mostly in oil painting, in which layers of wet paint are applied to previous layers of wet paint. More about Diamond Art

Effets de soir ~ getting the effects of light caused by the sunset, twilight, or darkness of the early evening or matins. Therefore, painting during evening.

Van Gogh’s Technique on “Starry Night”, Oil Painting on Canvas

One of the most popular oil paintings by Van Gogh’s “Starry Night”; greatest works during Vincent was taken to the asylum at Saint-Remy. Since 1941, this artwork has been in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. Dimension 73 x 92 cm (28¾ x 36¼ Inches). The painting depicts the view outside his sanitarium room window at night, although it was painted from memory during the day.

Starry Night, Van Gogh

Below described how he define his painting technique derive by his expressive thoughts, with details of repeating lines, feelings, speed and with details of the blue sky, glittering stars, and circling of lights round the moon.

His painting achieved its final maturity as he himself was being subjected to frequent and increasingly nervous attacks. He reached a stage of expressive desperation that made him shout out in line and color all his feelings of bitterness and reject any sort of restraint that might impose more order, more reflection, more patience. It seems as though he sensed the end was near, and he painted at speed, throwing himself furiously into his work, producing an amazing number of paintings, particularly when one considers how often he was incapacitated by illness. This detail from his best known work of the period reminds us of “the cry of anguish” that Vincent himself described: the clouds, the stars and the moon cut through the dense and deep blue sky, accompanied by the rotating haloes, like meteors bearing threateningly down on the earth. Color is associated with obsessively repeated lines that transform reality into an apocalyptic vision. Van Gogh’s soul explodes in a scream and it seems as though his entire life experience has been poured into the painting: the bitterness that he felt about all the things he would have liked to have done, but was not allowed to do, the admission of his solitude and the certainty that only art could recompense him for all his disappointments. Yet again, it is Vincent himself who best summed it up: “When all sound is still one hears the voice of God beneath the stars.”

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