Post-Impressionism Art is a style of art that emerged in the late 19th century.

It’s characterized by its use of vibrant colors, thick brushstrokes, and abstracted forms.

Post-Impressionism was a reaction against Impressionism–a movement that began in France during the 1860s when artists began painting landscapes outdoors using quick brushstrokes to capture light and atmosphere.

The Post-Impressionists took this idea further by focusing on color rather than form or detail;

they wanted viewers to feel their emotions through their work instead of analyzing it intellectually like the Impressionists did.

The first Post-Impressionist exhibition took place in 1874 at Paris’ Salon des Refusés (Exhibition of Rejected Works).

Artists who exhibited there include Vincent van Gogh, Paul Gauguin, Georges Seurat and Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec

Key Features of Post-Impressionism Art

Post-Impressionism art is characterized by its use of color and light, emphasis on emotion and subjectivity, flat and planar forms, experimentation with techniques and mediums.

Notable Post-Impressionism Artworks

The Starry Night by Vincent van Gogh is one of the most recognizable paintings in the world.

The Dutch artist created this piece while he was living in Saint-Remy-de-Provence, France.

It depicts a landscape with swirls of color and vibrant brushstrokes that bring it to life.

Les Demoiselles d’Avignon by Pablo Picasso is one of his most famous works because it was so different from anything else being produced at the time:

it was abstract rather than realistic, which made people question what art should look like;

it showed five women instead of one person or group; and its colors were bright reds and yellows rather than earth tones (which had been used for centuries).

Irises by Vincent van Gogh shows three flowers next to each other on a table–but there’s something odd about them!

Their colors seem brighter than normal flowers would be–and there are even dots inside some petals!

These details make this painting unique among other Impressionist works because they show how artists could use their imagination while still creating beautiful pieces based off real life experiences (like looking at flowers).

Post-Impressionism in Contemporary Art

Post-Impressionism has had a significant influence on contemporary art.

Many of the most famous artists of the 20th century were influenced by Post-Impressionist ideas, including:

  • Andy Warhol (1928-1987),
  • Roy Lichtenstein (1923-1997),
  • Jasper Johns (born 1930).

The movement’s influence is also seen in pop art, abstract expressionism and minimalism.

Artists such as Jasper Johns and Robert Rauschenberg were inspired by Van Gogh’s use of color and brushstrokes to create emotion in his paintings.

The American painter Robert Motherwell was heavily influenced by Gauguin’s bold use of color and line when creating his own abstract works during the 1940s and 1950s. And even today.

We can see traces of Post-Impressionist techniques used by contemporary artists like Damien Hirst who often uses bright colors to capture attention in his work.

Post-Impressionism’s Impact on Art History

Post-Impressionism’s influence on art history is undeniable.

The movement was the birthplace of modern art, and it inspired many other movements that followed in its wake.


Expressionist artists used distorted shapes and colors to express their emotions, much like Post-Impressionist painters did before them.


This early 20th century movement took its name from French artist Henri Matisse’s painting. “The Swimming Pool” (1906), which depicts two nude women frolicking in an outdoor pool surrounded by bright yellows and oranges–a style that became known as “fauve,” meaning “wild beast.

Much like Post-Impressionists before them, Fauvists rejected traditional representational techniques while embracing bold colors and simplified forms to create an emotional response from viewers instead of trying to faithfully depict reality on canvas (or paper).


Although not directly influenced by Post-Impressionism itself, this influential 20th-century style evolved out of earlier abstract movements such as Futurism and Dadaism, which themselves were heavily influenced by Post-Impressionist artists such as Paul Cezanne (1839-1906) who pioneered nonrepresentational painting techniques while working in France during his lifetime.