Definition of impressionistic in English:

impressionistic

adjective

  • 1Based on subjective reactions presented unsystematically.

    ‘a personal and impressionistic view of the war’
    • ‘Quantitative researchers sometimes criticize qualitative research as being too impressionistic and subjective.’
    • ‘These conclusions were reached by applying an impressionistic methodology involving generalising from a few cases.’
    • ‘An hour later, I came away happy and entertained, but with only the most impressionistic idea of how the wheels in Dionne's creative mind turn.’
    • ‘These are haunting, almost surrealistic, impressionistic versions of what Christmas Eve can be.’
    • ‘All of the above, of course, is merely what I know off the top of my head, and is perhaps a little impressionistic and dated.’
    • ‘Whereas her elder brother has a knack for narrative storytelling, Stacey takes a more impressionistic approach.’
    • ‘Washington runs on statistics, but most Americans operate based on more impressionistic judgments.’
    • ‘The how-to-write segments are eclectic, impressionistic rather than thorough, and in general lack the animation of the rest of the book.’
    • ‘Cohen's prose is impressionistic, a layering of details rather than a structured argument.’
    • ‘Now the law is becoming vague and impressionistic.’
    • ‘The former is subjective and impressionistic; the latter can be itemised, weighed, measured, or examined down the microscope.’
    • ‘The results are obviously going to be impressionistic at best, but I think it's better than nothing.’
    • ‘More often than not, many China-related books and reports these days are too impressionistic.’
    • ‘This is a lot to do in 226 pages, so Cooper's arguments and examples are sometimes impressionistic, as he freely admits.’
    • ‘Call it an impressionistic memoir: as such it's not bad.’
    • ‘He says, though, that his recollections are more impressionistic.’
    • ‘It's very much an impressionistic view of the eras involved.’
    • ‘There is no sustained analysis to speak of, merely impressionistic detail woven into a narrative of tedious detail and worthless prose.’
    • ‘The society suggests that the bill seems to be ‘based on impressionistic opinion, not hard evidence’.’
    • ‘Some subsequent scholars have regarded such overall judgments as unduly subjective and impressionistic.’
    personal, personalized, individual, internal, emotional, instinctive, intuitive, impressionistic
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  • 2In the style of impressionism.

    ‘an impressionistic portrait’
    • ‘Don't hang Western art next to airplane art next to Civil War art next to Impressionistic art.’
    • ‘Others followed - including artists of the Symbolist, Art Nouveau and Impressionistic styles who used the flame as a means for creative expression.’
    • ‘For instance, during the past 10 years Riley has worked with a collector of Russian Impressionistic art on about 150 pieces.’
    • ‘A gallery could come in here and reasonably find a good selection of original, traditional or Impressionistic paintings by living artists for $700 to $2,000 wholesale.’
    • ‘Kanevsky paints in a loose, Impressionistic figurative style, with both earthtones and splashes of typical Russian reds.’
    • ‘The end result is an Impressionistic image that looks more like a painting than a photograph.’
    • ‘While ‘Shadows and Reflections, Venice,’ taken in 1905, seems almost Impressionistic, the two Vortographs offered in the sale, dating from 1917, clearly look forward to Modernism.’
    • ‘After taking the picture, he would then use wooden sticks or other sharp tools to apply a painting technique to the photograph, creating an Impressionistic image.’
    • ‘Stevens also painted seascapes and coastal scenes in a more Impressionistic style similar to that of Boudin and Jongkind.’
    • ‘In a market where a ‘minor Monet’ fetches $28 million, many of today's artists who paint in the Impressionistic style benefit from the appeal of the original masters' art and enjoy commercial success for their own works.’
    • ‘It is painted in a more Impressionistic style than Levitan had previously employed, and raises the question of how much the artist knew of the endeavours of Monet and his followers.’
    • ‘He describes his paintings as Impressionistic, yet abstract.’
    • ‘Kinkade's wondrous ability to illuminate a canvas is as evident in his Impressionistic and plein air works as it is in his studio paintings.’
    • ‘His lush paintings of the English countryside are renowned for both their quasi-scientific study of natural phenomena and their almost Impressionistic brushwork.’
    • ‘In Impressionistic art, visual perceptions of every day life are translated into shimmering colours and reflections, saturated with an ethereal light.’
    • ‘The students quickly learn to recognize the difference between realistic, Impressionistic and abstract art.’
    • ‘I think my Impressionistic style is perhaps timeless, so there is a classical feel and attraction to the work.’
    • ‘At the same time, his images are infused with a later, Impressionistic style, a snapshot of contemporary life, capturing an instant that would otherwise be lost.’
    • ‘Some dealers say Impressionistic works move well, with Realism phasing in and out of popularity; others say Surrealist landscapes, such as those by Salvador Dali, and Abstracts have markets on both coasts.’
    • ‘I love to bring my viewers a source of pleasure through a combination of realistic drawing and Impressionistic painting.’

Pronunciation:

impressionistic

/imˌpreSHəˈnistik/