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 realityb : a style of musical composition designed to create subtle moods and impressions
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The music reflects both the influence of Impressionism and Ibert’s background as a silent-movie pianist.
The subtly colored impressionism of Debussy and Ravel, and the sensuous exoticism of Scriabin, commingle to otherworldly effect.
French impressionism’s most famous painter, Claude Monet found endless inspiration in the play of light on the water of the lily pond in his garden at Giverny, making more than 250 studies of it in the last 20 years of his life.
Cézanne, of course, wanted to dig even deeper, bypassing realism to get to the more abstract essence of things, beyond the pastel washes of impressionism.
At the Fulginiti Pavilion, the emphasis is on Impressionism, but the show pushes its own boundaries to get some big names on the walls.
Forging under pressure a new way of telling familiar (and family) stories, Malick also displays a conspicuously painterly boldness, a sort of cinematic Impressionism that locates an indelible force of light and detail in the stuff of daily life.
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Definition of impressionism for English Language Learners
: 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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