Post Impressionist

Post Impressionist artists are artists who were influenced by impressionism but rejected its constraints and embarked on their own artistic styles which were more emotionally based than impressionist work. They wanted to portray emotion and intellect as well as the visual imagery. Pointillism, which is a technique associated with Signac and Seurat, is also a part of post impressionism however eventually grew into a movement referred to as neo-impressionism.

The most famous of the post impressionist artists are Paul Gauguin, Paul Cezanne, Vincent Van Gogh, Henri Rousseau, and Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. Others include, but are not limited to, Claude-Emile Schuffnecker, Henri Martin, Roderic O’Connor, Charles Filiger, Pierre Bonnard, Picasso, Suzanne Valadon, Roger Fry, Jan Verkade, Aubrey Beardsley, James Ensor, James Dickson Innes, and Edouard Vuillard.

Paul Gauguin was a French post impressionist artist who experimented with bold colors and found much inspiration in the South Seas. He was an important artist in the symbolist movement and his bold use of color led to the synthetist style of art.

Paul Cezanne was a French post impressionist painter who led the way from 19th century art to 20th century art including the style of cubism. His works are clearly recognized by his use of repetitive and exploratory brushstrokes. He is well known for his landscapes, still life, and portraits.

Vincent Van Gogh was a Dutch post impressionist artist whose work is known for its vivid colors and emotional impact. He is well known not only for his paintings but also for his stints of mental illness which were widely written about by himself and others.

Henri Rousseau was a French post impressionist painter in the naïve or primitive manner. He is best known for his portraits as well as his paintings of jungle scenes, though he never saw a jungle in person.

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec was a French post impressionist artist who captured the Parisian nightlife in his paintings. He began to draw and paint at a young age but many physical problems plagued his body causing him to live wholly for his art.

Interior of a Restaurant in Arles Orchard with Blossoming Apricot Trees Outskirts of Paris near Montmartre View of The Hague with the New Church
Interior of a Restaurant in Arles Orchard with Blossoming Apricot Trees Outskirts of Paris near Montmartre View of The Hague with the New Church
"I can't work without a model. I won't say I turn my back on nature ruthlessly in order to turn a study into a picture, arranging the colors, enlarging and simplifying; but in the matter of form I am too afraid of departing from the possible and the true."