Post-Impressionism (1885–1910)

About the time

The turn of the century from the 1800s to 1900s saw the end of the Industrial Revolution.  Steam engine trains, steel and glass were now being used for mass production and transportation of goods.

The Art

Artists were less connected to other people so the art is much less realistic and much more expressive.  Post-Impressionism takes the idea of individually experiencing reality and painting it, but used much brighter colors and represents lines more expressively.



Paintings are oil on canvas.




Van Gogh- (Van Go) His early work is dark and realistic when painted fields with small buildings in the background.  As he was influenced by impressionism, he began using the bright colors and free-form lines to create his individual style. He also used thick paint and short strokes


Self portrait after he cut off his own ear.  He (like many other artists) suffered from depression and when he was going through on of these depressed states, he cut off his ear.

"Cafe In Arles"  For a while, Van Gogh lived in a town in France named Arles and painted buildings, cafes, and bars.  He lived there with another painter, Gaugin, until they had a big fight and never spoke to each other again.

"Starry Night"  This is the view outside of Van Gogh's sanitorium window.  It was painted from memory during the daytime.

Bedroom in Arles

The door to the right opened onto a staircase and the door on the left opened to a guest room prepared for Gauguin.

Vincent van Gogh. Van Gogh's Bedroom in Arles. Saint-Rémy.

More pictures:


Gauguin (Go-gan)


Lived in Peru, then Paris, then Copenhagen where he worked as a stockbroker and then he left his family there to paint in Paris and became friends with Van Gogh.   He joined the French Navy, went to the South Pacific, painted the scenery and women there, got syphilis and died before he could serve a prison sentence.  His figures are blocky and his colors are bright.


The Mont



Purposefully flattened the world...he painted blocks of color that made his subject look flat instead of 3d.  He often painted a mountain that was near where he lived, and he had many “still life” paintings in oil on canvas.




Seurat (Su-rat)

He used pointillism “The Bathers.” His figures are rounded.




Review Test


Go to the Review Test Page and click on the Post-Impressionism Test.  FIll in the answer sheet with the answers and turn it in to Ms. Allekotte for a grade.


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