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By Bernard Denvir

What occurred after Impressionism? What did it bring about? From Seuratss Pointillism within the Eighties to the expressive use of colour through the Fauves within the early 1900s, to Post-Impressionist artists-- Cezanne, Gauguin, Van Gogh, Toulouse-Lautrec, Matisse, Munch and more-- artists have been consistently experimenting with new types, ideas and material in a assorted and ambivalent response to Impressionism. With liberal quotations from artists, writers and critics, Bernard Denvir brings Post-Impressionism to existence: the various inventive groupings, the results of latest writing, song and politics, the impact of eastern paintings and «primitive» sculpture, and the unfold of creative perform into printmaking. 148 illus., 24 in colour.

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It was to remain the dominant element in his painting style for most of his short life, modified, largely under the influence of Pissarro, by a system of loose brushstrokes applied in a criss-cross fashion, spontaneously and quickly. Although he knew and admired Seurat with whom he shared elements of iconography — circuses and cafe concerts - he was tempted not at all by the doctrinaire approach of Pointillism. Mainly through his friendship with the Natansons and his work for La Revue Blanche (see p.

The reactions of the Steins were typical. Leo, who had bought Cezanne's Portrait of Madame Cezanne, wrote in his the Grand Journey 50 Palais, into the Self. 1 tremendous effort on his part, a thing brilliant and powerful, but the smear of paint I had ever seen. It was what I was unknowingly waiting for, and I would have snatched it at once if I had not needed a few days to get over the unpleasantness of the putting on of paint. One was not yet accustomed to the smears that since then are commonplaces of technique.

The pointillist technique intrigues visitors and makes them think. They realise that there must be something in it. I 11 The impact of Seurat's great work was immediate. Modeme, main publication of the Belgian 1887 in La Vie intelligentsia, Verhaeren wrote: M. the In February as a chemist, a scientist, or something of that sort. But he technique only as a means of organizing his visual experience; they give him an added sense of certainty. What harm is there in this? La Grande Jatte is painted with a primitive simplicity and directness.

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