• The Pre-Impression: Oil Studies and Oil Sketches

  • Edouard Manet

  • Claude Monet

  • Berthe Morisot

  • Pierre-Auguste Renoir

  • Alfred Sisley

  • Edgar Degas

  • Vincent van Gogh and the Post-Impression

  • Checklist of Exhibited Paintings

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    Vincent van Gogh and the Post-Impression

    Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890) was the chief advocate of the Impression in the last decades of the century, although others such as Monet, in his vivacious Poplars on the Epte, or Pissarro, in his The Boulevard Montmartre at Night, occasionally returned to the rapid handling of their earlier work. Van Gogh's Crab on its Back and Entrance to a Quarry, with their quickly painted linear brushstrokes, celebrate the aesthetic of the Impression, a bold statement at a time when artists such as Gauguin and C├ęzanne were earning critical acclaim for their slowly executed paintings. Van Gogh's adherence to this style of painting influenced other powerful vanguard forms of action painting, including Fauvism, German Expressionism, and the New York action painting of the 1950s.

    Claude Monet, Poplars on the Epte
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    Poplars on the Epte, 1891

    Camille Pissarro, The Boulevard Montmartre at Night
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    The Boulevard Montmartre at Night, 1897

    Vincent van Gogh, Crab on its Back
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    Crab on its Back, 1889

    Vincent van Gogh, Entrance to a Quarry
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    Entrance to a Quarry, 1889

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