Giulia Panelli and Megan Dam


By: Giulia Panelli & Megan Dam


Post-impressionism is an art style. You can spot this type of painting with characteristics such as vivid colours, realistic subject matter, and they use the technique to apply thick actions of paint. As you can see, with the example to the left, (The Scream), post-impressionism painting tends to take geometrical forms. The vibe this style is supposed to give off is expressive, statement, consistent, and it can accomplish these things by using unnatural and arbitrary colour. 


What’s the difference between post-impressionism and impressionism? Coming from, “Impressionism was a style of painting which emphasized color and depicted realistic scenes of ordinary subjects while post-impressionism was a style of painting which was derived from impressionism”. These details are how you can spot an impressionism and post-impressionism painting. Another difference may include the scenery. Post Impressionism paintings are commonly taking place only with outdoor scenery while Impressionism is simply a mixture of inside and outside. Impressionist creations are more realistic and tend to take off of a real-life reference. But, post-impressionist art pieces are more from the imagination. Examples of impressionist painting may include foods, realistic scenery, etc. Let’s put these details into account.


Which Is an Impressionist Painting? Which is a Post-Impressionist Painting? 


                            If you guessed correctly, you would have stated that the painting to the left, (Portrait of Dr. Gachet), is post-impressionism followed by the painting to the right, (Wild Poppies, near Argenteuil), which is just impressionism. 



A famous illustration that includes this specific style by Vincent Van Gogh is Starry Night. Out of the following Vincent Van Gogh post-impressionism antiques, which is your Favorite? 

(Starry Night, The Pick Peach Tree, Irises, and Wheatfield with Crows.) 


Post-impressionism is a unique art style that you may want to consider doing for your next art piece. Remember, this technique includes the factors of special colour palettes, flowy texture, and it is simple and satisfying to the eye. When many characteristics come together, post-impressionism can be created on the canvas.