Post-Impressionism and after - 19th Century

"... Post-Impressionists extended Impressionism while rejecting its limitations: they continued using vivid colours, thick application of paint, distinctive brush strokes, and real-life subject matter, but they were more inclined to emphasize geometric forms, to distort form for expressive effect, and to use unnatural or arbitrary colour."

An art facet which I think is too often overlooked is that of "motif".  Impressionist and Post-Impressionist artists used "Real Life" motifs (i.e., "what the painting is about"), sharply in contrast to the idealized "not real" subject matter of established academicism,  to see more, go to  "Impressionist - Post Impressionist Motifs"



Post-Impressionism Paintings 19th Century


 
"Artists such as Vincent Van Gogh, Paul Cézanne, Paul Gauguin and Georges Seurat, although steeped in the traditions of Impressionism, pushed the boundaries of the style in different creative directions and in doing so laid the foundations for the art of the 20th century."
   


Vincent van Gogh 

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"... it does me good to do what’s difficult. That doesn’t stop me having a tremendous need for, shall I say the word – for religion – so I go outside at night to paint the stars.'"


"... it does me good to do what’s difficult. That doesn’t stop me having a tremendous need for, shall I say the word – for religion – so I go outside at night to paint the stars.'"


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Vincent's Room, Arles
 1888; Vincent Van Gogh Foundation, Amsterdam




Starry Night



Paul Gauguin

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Paul Gauguin is another early "traditional-modern" painter.  He maintained a lot of the impressionist ideas of motif; i.e., art relating to, in the 19th century , "modern" outlooks on the real world, but with his own post-impressionist style. "Modern" here is in contrast to pre-impressionist art, which was so often (but not always) so banal.

Gauguins art encompassed a wide variety of motif (see thumbnails below), I am showing here a few of his Tahitian pictures.

When will you marry?
(Tahitian: Nafea faa ipoipo?) 
1892

"... the front figure indulges in dreamy fantasies, the rear figure is imbued with something rigid and rule-bound. The front woman stretches herself, her facial features stylized and simplified. The rear female figure ... face is painted with individual features and represents the center of the image. ..."

I sometimes (almost always???) think that art academics get carried away... To me, as a painter, and with a son and daughter, this could more basic; there is mom, or aunt, and daughter; daughter looks like daughter, mom looks like mom, neither of them really are sure they want to be sitting there getting painted.

Gauguin apparently was very mercurial, full of ups and downs, maybe mostly downs.  Many of his pictures seem to reflect Gauguin, in this way; not necessarily those being painted.



Two Tahitian Women



Henri Matisse

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matisse/odalisques  
matisse/dishes-and-fruit-on-a-red-and-black-carpet
 
Matisse.mme-matisse-madras
 
       
       
       
 (More coming...)      

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