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  • WordNet 3.6
    • n Impressionism a school of late 19th century French painters who pictured appearances by strokes of unmixed colors to give the impression of reflected light
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Impressionism (Fine Arts) The theory or method of suggesting an effect or impression without elaboration of the details; -- a disignation of a recent fashion in painting and etching.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n impressionism In art and lit., the doctrines and methods of the impressionists; the doctrine that natural objects should be painted or described as they first strike the eye in their immediate and momentary effects—that is, without selection, or artificial combination or elaboration.
    • n impressionism The name was first given to an advanced school of modern painting in France, based on the principle that effects of light in nature are momentary, and that the painter, if he wishes to be true to nature, should confine his attention and effort as closely as possible to the moment of their occurrence. In order to express the high key of natural light, a coterie of extreme impressionists, called pointillists, have used pure color laid on in points or dots. See the extract.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Impressionism a modern movement in art and literature, originating in France, its aim being to cast off the trammels of artistic tradition, and to look at nature in a fresh and original manner—it employs general effects, vigorous touches, and deals in masses of form and colour
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. impressionnisme,


In literature:

Francis saw them, and with his impressionable nature for the moment forgot everything else.
"Life of St. Francis of Assisi" by Paul Sabatier
But De Guiche was not so impressionable as that.
"The Vicomte de Bragelonne" by Alexandre Dumas
But then Bill was older, and perhaps less impressionable.
"The Triumph of John Kars" by Ridgwell Cullum
Then they turned sharply off into the bush, designedly traversing the soft impressionable ground.
"The Lost Valley" by J. M. Walsh
He is also impressionable and changeable, responsive to kindness as he is resentful of contempt.
"Aliens or Americans?" by Howard B. Grose
She is much too good-looking, and you are far too impressionable!
"A Maker of History" by E. Phillips Oppenheim
They are also more impressionable and the outward forms of church service mean more to them.
"Heart and Soul" by Victor Mapes (AKA Maveric Post)
With him impressionism achieves a perfect musical form.
"Musical Portraits" by Paul Rosenfeld
They were a more excitable people, more elastic, and more impressionable than his countrymen.
"Debit and Credit" by Gustav Freytag
The young boy, at an impressionable age, is a ready victim to their lures.
"Herself" by E. B. Lowry
Veronese's portrait, which he has left us, gives the idea of a more earnest and impressionable man than Tintoret.
"The Old Masters and Their Pictures" by Sarah Tytler
She is, however, on that account no less impressionable, no less ready to respond to the call of love.
"Essays on Scandinavian Literature" by Hjalmar Hjorth Boyesen
You are impressionable, susceptible, but too young to understand the real passion of love.
"Major Frank" by A. L. G. Bosboom-Toussaint
I don't know, though; never imagined he was so impressionable to other people's misfortunes.
"That Girl Montana" by Marah Ellis Ryan
All these sights and scenes and historical associations had their influence on a bright and ardent boy in these impressionable years.
"War Letters of a Public-School Boy" by Henry Paul Mainwaring Jones
And if it affected him that way he didn't wonder at the spell the man had cast upon the impressionable and sentimental Helen.
"Officer 666" by Barton W. Currie
He had spent an impressionable youth in Paris.
"Kildares of Storm" by Eleanor Mercein Kelly
Moreover he was past the easily impressionable age, and turned his opportunities to direct and practical uses.
"Raeburn" by James L. Caw
One near at hand must have been an invaluable adviser for a motherless, impressionable girl.
"A Book of Sibyls" by Anne Thackeray (Mrs. Richmond Ritchie)
He is not impressionable, excitable or arousable.
"How to Analyze People on Sight" by Elsie Lincoln Benedict and Ralph Paine Benedict

In poetry:

So seelye I, with that unwonted syghte
In humane shape, an angell from above,
Feedinge mine eyes, th'impressione there did lyghte,
That since I reste and runn as pleaseth Love.
"The Shepherd's Conceit of Prometheus" by Edward Dyer

In news:

Impressionism and Impressionist Painters Covers 12 Impressionist painters from Bazille to van Gogh.
Last Chance to See Sargent's Impressionism at Adelson Galleries.
Katharine (Joan Allen) and Thomas (Jeremy Irons) spar in Impressionism, which opened Tuesday on Broadway.
NEW YORK — There is much to please the eye in Impressionism (* * out of four ).
A new exhibit on American Impressionism at the Gilcrease Museum.
On Saturday, Oct 20, he will be giving a free art class and demonstrate his painting style of Impressionism and share some facts and history of that style.
It is one of the finest examples of Impressionism in the permanent collection at MAM, a museum that is not rich on Impressionists in the first place.
Kirkpatrick's introduction to Impressionism occurred during the mid-1950s, when he studied and worked under the late writer and artist Alfred Morang, himself an accomplished Impressionist painter.
Glens Falls, NY, Jan 26, 2010 — A new exhibit at the Hyde Collection art museum in Glens Falls explores American Impressionism .
Todd Moe talks with Hyde Collection chief curator Erin Coe about the new exhibit, Thomas Clark and Impressionism, a genre that began in France in the 1870s.
All of the comments seem to come from Christians who have very little prior knowledge of the Israeli- Palestinian conflict, which makes them quite impressionable.
'Once Upon a Time Impressionism: Great French Paintings From the Clark'.
When I was young and impressionable, my parents told me that the big whale statue was a present that they got for me, but since it was so massive, we couldn't bring it home.
The Plein Air Café, where the mango-and-brie quesadilla blends seamlessly with the California Impressionism, is run by the team at Mark's Restaurant.
About a year ago, thinking about the young, impressionable minds living under our roof, I realized we had to do something about certain words that were in too-common usage.