How Can You Tell If A Painting Is Impressionist?

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Impressionism has long captured the imagination of the word artists since the first exhibition in 1874. Some artists still fail to understand the techniques the impressionists used to create their style or replicate the impressionist paintings.

Don’t worry! If you still feel like an artist inside but have problems putting the feeling down to paper, this is the right post to read. No more painting in bits, as this article outlines some of the best tips to help tell and paint a masterpiece like an impressionist.

First, here are the techniques and styles for a great impression: 


Create an Illusion of Depth and Movement

In art, depth and movement refer to the perceived distance between the background and the foreground of a painting. It’s how artists manipulate space or the distance between the objects of their composition.

Also, the artist must direct the eye of the viewers, which is achieved by creating overlaps of drawings and placement. Again, the size of the art, value and focus are crucial to impressionism. So you can identify a great painting when the artists;


Use Broken Colors

One thing that is common with the great impressionist Claude Monet in his paintings is that he mostly blended a myriad of broken colors. He rarely used static color as they agree less, especially when viewing from a distance.

So, to perfect a painting, give it depth and vibrancy by using various broken colors. Instead of creating a composition with one dull color, create a dominant color representing the main idea plus several accent colors to complement the design.


Use Bold Strokes

Like most impressionists, don’t be afraid to use aggressive or bold colors as they help direct the audience around the composition. Besides, bold strokes also add a dynamic feeling or element to the painting as it makes the art come out but with harmony.


Incorporate large brushes with small strokes

In most of their works, renowned impressionists used large brushes to help generalize their painting elements. Of course, it can be hard to use large brushes as one needs to calculate every stroke before applying it. Besides, keenness is necessary to avoid tampering with the purpose of the paint.  

Therefore, use much larger brushes to capture form and help generalize colors and shapes of the desired painting.


Create Dramatic and Interesting Effects

Of course, it can be hard to know what pleases others. But to paint like an impressionist, one has to add some creativity and accents to their paintings. So, use a palette knife to help paint thick varied areas and highlight the composition.

Simply put, add a few color effects to differentiate a new idea. For instance, when drawing a seascape, paint a dramatic yellow to give a glimmer of the sun, which helps add some accent and highlight the painting.


Create Contrast between Colors

In most cases, impressionists created a contrast of cold and warm colors to help create bring out impressive effects. To create a stunning painting, skillfully contrast a dominant warm color against a weaker color to make a good outlook.



Impressionists had their message stand out from their composition which is one of the aspects that makes impressionist art popular even today. So, determine what’s important and avoid adding every detail into the painting, making the art lose its meaning. Therefore, simplify the design and leave out un-essentials as they may dilute the message of the art.


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