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impressionism (ɪmˈprɛʃəˌnɪzəm Pronunciation for impressionism



  1. (often capital) a movement in French painting, developed in the 1870s chiefly by Monet, Renoir, Pissarro, and Sisley, having the aim of objectively recording experience by a system of fleeting impressions, esp of natural light effects
  2. the technique in art, literature, or music of conveying experience by capturing fleeting impressions of reality or of mood

Example Sentences Including 'impressionism'

In form, his work is a slew of the impressionism he admired and experiments that reach out towards expressionism and surrealism.
Times, Sunday Times (2005)
It is often referred to as his impressionism but it is in fact a very common technique, though not usually so well done.
Judd, Alan Ford Madox Ford
People who don't like art like impressionism ; people who say they know nothing about art, but know what they like, like it too.
Times, Sunday Times (2002)


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