What is Post-Impressionism?

Anyone looking to learn more about, buy, or sell antique post-impressionistic paintings should enjoy our blog post this week.  Prepare yourself for an abridged history lesson that will hopefully be an informative and exciting journey!

Post-Impressionism: What is it?

In order to adequately answer this question, we must first briefly review the predating style that inspired these artists: Impressionism. This style first began in France during the late 1800’s and utilized broad, rapid strokes to depict realistic subjects. Impressionism is most widely recognized for its works in oil on canvas but was expressed in other mediums as well.

During the late 19th and early 20th centuries, post-impressionistic paintings resulted from several French artists who saw the works of Claude Monet and his peers and were inspired by them.  This small pool of revival artists consisted of Vincent van Gogh, Paul Cezanne, Henri Toulouse-Lautrec, Paul Gauguin, and Georges Seurat.  While all these painters knew each other, none worked together.  Instead, the artists found different inspirations from these works, and each developed their unique style, experimenting differently than their peers.

From these artists’ work with post-impressionistic paintings, sprang many of the movements that followed during the 20th century.  Even though none were well known during their own lifetimes, many of their paintings now sell for millions to collectors.

So, what do I need to know about selling post-impressionistic paintings?

If you want to sell antique paintings, it’s imperative that you first have the work appraised by someone with extensive experience on the topic who has dealt with this kind of art before.  The importance of finding every scrap of information available cannot be understated if you hope to make an informed decision.

While it may seem simple enough to identify works by well-known artists, they only sometimes come with easily identifiable markings to tell who painted them.  Some works aren’t signed, and others are little known or pieces that have gone undiscovered.

Hopefully, after reading this, you’ve taken away some new knowledge that will be useful to you.  And if you do think you may have a work of value, contact us today for a free verbal appraisal!

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