2Post ImpressionismPost-Impressionism refers to an artistic style that followed Impressionism at the end of the 1800s.Most Post-Impressionist artists began as Impressionists, but then decided to try new ideas. Seurat was Post-Impressionist because he did not paint like artists before him, but invented the Pointillist style.Other artists like Vincent van Gogh wanted to add emotion and symbolic meaning to their art through color and line. Van Gogh’s work often contained bold color and expressive brushstrokes!
3Georges SeuratGeorges Seurat was a French painter who founded a painting style called pointillism. He began painting in the style of Impressionism but soon became more interested in scientific color theory. He is famous for using little dabs or points of pure bright color to paint. When viewed from a distance, the eye mixes the colors together.
4A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte 1884-86 Georges SeuratSlide 32
7Vincent Van GoghVincent Van Gogh’s application of paint was indisputably direct, for he often squeezed paint straight from the tube onto the canvas! His restlessness registered in his art, animating skies and trees into a swirling embroidery of line and color. There is an emotional quality in Van Gogh’s art that seems to always evoke response.
12Paul GauguinIf a place has a spirit, Tahiti’s soul has been forever cast into the art of Gaughin. He has arrested the bright tropical colors in his exotic beaches, filled with splashy sarong patterns and powerful carvings.
13Tahitian Women on the Beach 1891 Paul Gauguin Slide 34
15Henri Toulouse-Lautrec Lautrec’s fascination with Parisian night life is documented in his paintings, drawings, and prints. Characters and performers-can-can dancer June Avril and the famous La Golue-continue to make their appearances in Lautrec’s art to this very day. His sense of design, advertising graphics, and fine craftsmanship converged to form Toulouse-Lautrec’s witty and unforgettable posters.
16At the Moulin RougeHenri Toulouse-Lautrec Slide 35
18ExpressionismAfter Gauguin and van Gogh showed the way, art abandoned its traditional goal of depicting nature and exploded into the twentieth century with violent colors, abstract forms, and emotional subjects in an attempt to express the contemporary mind.
22Wassily KandinskyKandinsky took his cue from music and sought to distribute geometrical elements across the canvas the way tones and motifs are distributed through a musical score. To Kandinsky, circles and triangles were evocations of the spiritual, inner life of man. In painting, he strives to impose pictorial reason on emotional experience.
25Gustav KlimtGustav Klimt, whose incredibly ornamental works, addressed romantic themes of love and life.During his “golden period,” the artist makes much use of gold in his choice of colors, even to the extent of applying real gold leaf to his canvases. Gold is in fact a non-color and its shimmering vibrations suggest associations with the mystical, the religious, and the magical, as well as reflecting the preciousness of the subject.