Contemporary Impressionism

The impressionistic style is attributed mainly to spontaneity over ridged drawing techniques – finding bold and bright ways to represent the subject matter or capture a particular moment in time. Landscapes, flowers, nature and the human form are often depicted in unique and intriguing ways, recognisable with elements of representation but with a loose, colourful playfulness.

Regardless of subject matter, be it the natural world or urban cityscape, modern impressionists seek to replicate and build upon the aesthetics of the original 19th Century impressionists. Brushstrokes are bold, expressive, rapid and textured. Emphasis on light is key, with vivid colours used to capture how changing light and varying light sources impact a scene – this is particularly noticeable in impressionistic sunsets.

Modern Impressionist Art

Within our impressionist collection, you’ll find a variety of works from artists like Lesley Blackburn, Jennifer Taylor and Gillian Luff. Each artist brings their own individual take on the movement, drawing inspiration from their surroundings to create captivating, magical works which are well suited to the home and ready to hang. These artists are experts of texture and colour, using their skills to add depth and distance to their paintings. Maxine Martin is a fine example of an artist who understands the value and relationship impressionism has with light, conveying it through dramatic and moody seascapes.

Some impressionist artists use elements of pointillism to build and add further depth and a fuller range of tones. The technique relies on the viewer’s mind to merge the dots into recognisable shapes and forms.

A Brief History of Impressionism

Original 19th-century impressionism originated in France with Parisian artists who rose to prominence during the 1870s and 1880s. They used visible brushstrokes, open composition and meticulously accurate depictions of light and its impact on the subject matter. The movement was met with resistance from conventional artists of the time, with early impressionists considered radicals who violated the rules of traditional painting. At the time, depictions of authentic, modern life and physically painting outdoors was considered going against the grain. Prior to the movement, much of an artists work – including still lifes, portraits and even landscapes, was completed in a studio. Painting outdoors, also known as Plein Air, allowed impressionists to capture moments in time, and mimic the natural transition of light.

Impressionism has changed and evolved over the years, but there are core techniques artists still use today to encapsulate the spontaneity of the style. Quick, short brush strokes capture the subject matter’s essence over scrutinising minute details. Colours are applied generously side by side with little to no mixing, and close attention is paid to natural light.

If you would like any information about the contemporary impressionist artwork we have for sale, please do not hesitate to contact us today.

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