"Every age projects its own images in its art".  The Impressionism and Post-impressionism art periods occurred during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Impressionism was characterized by the use of new subject matter and a new way of viewing the world. Artists begin to study the play of lighting in painting and begin to paint outdoors. Postimpressionism is much like impressionism but also uses pointillism were the artist mixes small dots of color to catch the viewers eye. Post-impressionism used impressionism as a "jumping off" point. In this gallery, paintings by Vincent Van Gogh and Claude Monet will be examined.   

Water Lilies, Claude Monet, 1916, From the collection of: The National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo
In this painting by Monet he portrays the ideas of impressionism in his vast arrays of colors, with little use of black. Also in the shadows and reflections in the water but he also pays little attention to detail and that was a characteristic of the period.
Winter Sun at Lavacourt, Claude Monet, 1879 - 1880, From the collection of: MuMa - Musée d'art moderne André Malraux
Monet again shows his impressionist views with his simple brush strokes and little attention to detail. But shows the winter sun's light and reflection on the ground of the painting with the pastel orange color. Monet tries to portray the way the light and shadows caused by the winter sun would lay on the plants and ground.
Arrival of the Normandy Train, Gare Saint-Lazare, Claude Monet (French, 1840–1926), 1877, From the collection of: The Art Institute of Chicago
In this painting Monet really shows his impressionistic views in this painting with the way the clouds would cause a fleeting moment and would constantly change the light and shadows during the daytime, when he was painting. Even with the little brush strokes and not attention to detail Monet still puts some excellent detail into the painting without even realizing it, like in the people, clouds, train and lamppost.
The Japanese Footbridge and the Water Lily Pool, Giverny, Claude Monet, French, 1840 - 1926, 1899, From the collection of: Philadelphia Museum of Art
This is one of twelve paintings of this bridge created by Monet. He shows little attention to detail with the work of his brushstrokes but still allows the ever changing lighting and shadows cast on the pond to be changing. In this painting like others by Monet you will see little to no black throughout because the artists preferred to use an array of contrasting colors to depict the shadows and darks of the piece.
The Starry Night, Vincent van Gogh, 1889, From the collection of: MoMA The Museum of Modern Art
This is one of Van Gogh's most famous paintings. In it depicts a beautifully colored night sky and a small dimly lighted city beneath. This painting shows the dream-like characteristic of the post-impressionism. But also shows the impressionism characteristics of large brush strokes and not an overwhelming sense of detail.
Irises, Vincent van Gogh, 1889, From the collection of: The J. Paul Getty Museum
This painting by Van Gogh shows the post-impressionism characteristics of giving the scene a dream-like state and the drastic color palette. The way the plants curve and seem to sway in the wind gives the scene and almost imaginary feel and portrays whatever Van Gogh was thinking and feeling through this brightly colored scene of Iris flowers.
The potato eaters, Vincent van Gogh, 1885, From the collection of: The Kröller-Müller Museum
Van Gogh depicts an almost dream-like state with these "potato eaters". He does this in the use of his color palette while it may seem like he uses black its probably a dark blue or brown. He shows the impressionistic values of a fleeting moment with the steam coming off of the potatoes and the tea from the man's cup.
Sunflowers, Vincent Willem van Gogh, Dutch, 1853 - 1890, 1888 or 1889, From the collection of: Philadelphia Museum of Art
Van Gogh shows a great use of color within this series of his paintings of sunflowers. He also uses large brush strokes that allow him to make the painting look almost dream-like or imaginary state because of the way the sunflower bend in the vase.
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