The Portrait of Esther The Black Notebook

What is Post-Impressionism?

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Episode I - page 40

The painter Verlon who features in our story is not a real painter. However, in the story, he is described as belonging to the Post-Impressionist Movement, which well and truly existed!

This movement emerged at the end of the 19th century, bringing together artists whose style differed or contrasted with the Impressionist Movement, personified by Claude Monet. Post-Impressionist painters include Georges Seurat, Vincent Van Gogh and Paul Gauguin.

The Post-Impressionists preferred painting scenes from everyday life, especially Seurat and Toulouse-Lautrec. They are also remembered for their work on colour: the pointillism or dots of Seurat, or the flat areas of pure colour privileged by Gauguin.