Definition of post-impressionism in US English:



  • The work or style of a varied group of late 19th-century and early 20th-century artists including Van Gogh, Gauguin, and Cézanne. They reacted against the naturalism of the impressionists to explore color, line, and form, and the emotional response of the artist, a concern which led to the development of expressionism.

    • ‘The 120 works in this retrospective of the French modernist Vlaminck show the evolution of his art through post-Impressionism, Fauvism and Cubism to his later expressionistic landscapes.’
    • ‘The most famous artist of the post-Impressionism is Vincent van Gogh.’
    • ‘Also, unlike Impressionism, post-Impressionism was not a unified movement.’
    • ‘Every ambitious 19th-century show, especially in the area of Impessionism and post-Impressionism, has been obliged to borrow from this fabulous trove of avant-garde painting.’