impressionism

noun
im·​pres·​sion·​ism | \ im-ˈpre-shə-ˌni-zəm How to pronounce impressionism (audio) \

Definition of impressionism

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
2a : 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

Examples of impressionism in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web American impressionism takes hold at Weir Farm, a home and studio enclave purchased in 1882 by Julian Alden Weir, a pioneer in the style. Jennifer Billock, Smithsonian Magazine, "Take Virtual Tours of These Seven Historic Homes of American Artists," 8 June 2020 The Singer Laren's collection has a focus on modernism such as neo-impressionism, pointillism, expressionism and cubism. Bloomberg.com, "Van Gogh Painting Stolen From Dutch Museum Closed By Virus," 8 May 2020 The Singer Laren's collection has a focus on modernism such as neo-impressionism, pointillism, expressionism and cubism. Bloomberg.com, "Van Gogh Painting Stolen From Dutch Museum Closed By Virus," 8 May 2020 The Singer Laren’s collection has a focus on modernism such as neo-impressionism, pointillism, expressionism, and cubism. Mike Corder, BostonGlobe.com, "Dutch museum says van Gogh painting stolen in overnight raid," 30 Mar. 2020 The museum houses the collection of American couple William and Anna Singer, with a focus on modernism such as neo-impressionism, pointillism, expressionism and cubism. USA TODAY, "Vincent van Gogh painting stolen from Dutch Singer Laren Museum in overnight heist," 31 Mar. 2020 The Singer Laren's collection has a focus on modernism such as neo-impressionism, pointillism, expressionism and cubism. Mike Corder, Houston Chronicle, "Dutch museum says van Gogh painting stolen in overnight raid," 30 Mar. 2020 As his condition deteriorates, the artist begins to see the world through a lens of cubism, surrealism and impressionism. Bill Goodykoontz, azcentral, "Ranking and reviewing the 2020 Oscar-nominated live-action and animated short films," 30 Jan. 2020 Acclaimed musician Amanda Shires, also Isbell’s wife, sang sterling harmonies and performed interesting solos combining tradition and impressionism on her fiddle. Matt Wake | Mwake@al.com, al, "Here’s what a concert at VBC’s new music hall is like," 7 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of impressionism

1877, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Impressionism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/impressionism. Accessed 3 Dec. 2020.

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impressionism

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English Language Learners Definition of 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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