impressionism

noun im·pres·sion·ism \ im-ˈpre-shə-ˌni-zəm \
Updated on: 1 Mar 2018
1 often capitalized : a theory or practice in painting especially among French painters of about 1870 of depicting the natural appearances of objects by means of dabs or strokes of primary unmixed colors in order to simulate actual reflected light
2 a : the depiction (as in literature) of scene, emotion, or character by details intended to achieve a vividness or effectiveness more by evoking subjective and sensory impressions than by recreating an objective reality
b : a style of musical composition designed to create subtle moods and impressions

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1877

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IMPRESSIONISM Defined for English Language Learners

impressionism

  • : a style of painting that began in France around 1870, that uses spots of color to show the effects of different kinds of light, and that attempts to capture the feeling of a scene rather than specific details



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