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Impressionism VS cubism

by theartinvogue on 03/18/2021

There are an endless number of art types that we might fall short of talking about. If you are a sucker for paintings and the different types it has to offer us, stick with us till the very end to know more about some terms. Here, we are going to be talking about impressionism and cubism. We will take a deep dive into these art forms individually and also learn about how they are different from one another.

What is impressionism?

 Impressionism is an art movement that was started in the 19th century where the artists used to draw small, thin, yet visible strokes on an accurate depiction of light. These artists don’t try to paint a reflection of real-life but they were painting an “impression” of what a person is, of the light, atmosphere, object, or landscape in that matter. This is the reason they are called impressionists. Basically, what they do is, try and capture the moment of what they see and show it to us as if it is happening in front of our eyes.

There were some renowned impressionists. They were Camille Pissarro, Alfred Sisley, Mary Cassatt, and many more. Before this term came into existence, that is the impressionism, the landscapes in art were imaginary. Eventually, the impressionists changed it all. They started painting outdoors. They were more observant as they painted outside. They look at how light and color changed the scenes. They used to paint with thick brushes and were quite messy with their strokes. If you really look at some paintings, you won’t even see the brushstrokes at all.

What is cubism?

This style of art is considered the most influential of the twentieth century. It is said to have started around the 1907s when Picasso celebrated paintings that included some elements of cubic style. This term is derived from a comment that was made by Louis Vauxcelles. It means “geometric outlines”.

There are two types of cubism:

  1. Analytical
  2. Synthetic

Analytical cubism ran from 1908 till 1912. This type serves more like interviewing planes and lines in the shades black, grey, and ochres.

Synthetic cubism ran from 1912 till 1914. This style consisted of more bright colors. It also represented modern art.

This art style opened almost every gate of new possibilities for visual art and is also considered as the starting point for many abstract styles that emerged later on. They included constructivism and neo-plasticism.

The main motto of the artists was to show us different viewpoints by breaking objects and figures down into distinct areas. This was done at the same time and within the same space as to suggest their three-dimensional form. Not only this, but they also focused on the two-dimensional flatness of the canvas rather than creating an illusion of depth. This was considered a revolutionary break that later dominated the representation from the Renaissance.

Difference between impressionism and cubism art:

If we really compare these beautiful art styles, we will come across many differences. We just understood these terms i

n depth. We shall now compare how these manage to differ from each other. If we are talking about impressionism, this artwork has soft brushstrokes and mostly dabbing of the sharp edges. The artist creates a mood, a sense of emotion when he is working on his piece. Cubism, in that case, is more focused on the logical exploration of space. Here, the focus was not what actually happened, but more on what is being shown to you. In cubism, the artists were not very concerned about shapes and size but more about how their paintings will look flat.

This was a brief idea about impressionism and cubism. If you feel like you would want some of the paintings at your home, hanging somewhere, you can for sure check them out online. Because it only makes sense that we give these paintings the respect and hype that they deserve.

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