Blog Post #5: Why is impressionism important in art history?

In today’s post, I will discuss the importance of impressionism in modern art. In order to do this I will delve into the meaning and distinguishing of today’s modern art, its roots, and impressionism’s influence within it, as well as some of the modern pieces of impressionism-esque pieces from our generation!

“Composition of red, blue, and yellow, By Piet Mondrian.” One of the most famous representations of modern art.

Firstly, Today’s definition of modern art can be referred to as “Contemporary art”, an artistic movement which began in the late 20th century and is driving today’s early 21st-century art. If you were to adopt the contemporary art definition, you will be faced with pieces which are more abstract and are a medium of many different materials and techniques. (1) While modern art is an umbrella term which refers to all pieces created within the artistic movement of our current generation. The most distinct essence of today’s art movement is the artistic response to the global environment and its cultural, technological, and diverse surroundings. (2)

Secondly, impressionism’s most significant role in “modern art” is its help in defining and creating an era where modernism can be born. Before the impressionist era, we had the Romanticism era, most specifically, the Pre-Raphaelite era. (3) One of the last classical movements, which has the distinct “old” glory-esque paintings. Mainly an era for painters to challenge the new age industrialism, by bringing back the medieval techniques within their art (Hence the many depictions of death within a glory-filled scene). (4)

“Ophelia by Sir John Everet Millais”

With the turn of the impressionism movement, the birth of creativity within and outside the bounds of sensory began, a large element of the current art movement. An environment where the rigid portraits of the baroque era were rejected and the welcoming of passionate young artists and their hunger for colour was accepted. While looking back at this aspect of art history, we can appreciate the fact that young artists were trying their best to keep the art culture alive and filled with creativity, the same motto which many modern artists today follow fervently. (5) Now impressionism isn’t just a thing of the past, many artists today still embody the same “sketched” aesthetic within their pieces, including artists Dominic Virtosu, Anne Brenner, and Francois Lebland among many others. (6)


“Sign not in use, by Dominic Virtosu”

Although in today’s society, we don’t see much of the technique used by Monet, or the range of colours used in the style of Van Gogh, and Cezanne. It is important to understand that these artists paved the way for artists today to produce art within their set ideals and not restrained by the pressured constraints many young artists had back then.

Thanks for reading!

Sanam M.



4 Replies to “Blog Post #5: Why is impressionism important in art history?”

  1. Hi Sanam,

    I really enjiyed reading your Blog Post. i found your topic very interesting and different from the others. I liked how you decided to research about art, which is something that can be based on opinion but you stuck to the facts! I personally prefer Renaissance art over Mordern art since i find mordern art a bit confusing and repetitive, while Renaissance art is deeper and more detailed/based on skill. Overall amazing blog post.

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    I look forward to reading your future blog posts and good luck!


  2. Hey Sanam, your post is really excellent. Not only is it incredibly written, but the topic, while sort of niche, is super interesting. As a big fan of revolutionist (think Renaissance) and classic art (think Greek or Roman), I find peace and a sense of deep reflection when I get to view artworks, whether that be at the Vancouver Art Gallery (where it is primarily modern art) or on my trips, such as in Venice and Rome. As someone who isn’t very well-versed in the Romanticism era, your explanation of the Pre-Raphaelite era was intriguing. The feeling of overwhelming advancement and evolution that the artists of that era must have experienced is quite reminiscent of our situation now with advancements in technology, particularly artificial intelligence. Do you think another era of “old-glory” art will begin to take over the modern art world as people’s anxieties over AI continue to grow?

    Some resources you may find interesting are:

  3. Hi Sanam,
    Nice blog post! The topic is interesting, and I have been wondering about it every time I visited an Art Gallery. There always seemed to be a clear difference between modern art and Renaissance art, and I have always felt that Modern art is very confusing and not as easy to understand as Renaissance art. Keep up the great work!
    Here are some articles that you might find interesting to help your blog post 6.

  4. Hi Sanam,

    I’ve really enjoyed reading your posts. The role that impressionism has played in art history is really so interesting.
    A question I had would be as to the impact of impressionism on modern art: is it still popular in modern art and what aspects of it stayed in art throughout the years?
    Here’s an article that might be of interest to you!

    Looking forward to your next post!

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