Origin of impressionism; from French impressionisme, coined (1874) by Louis Leroy, French art critic, in adverse reaction to a Monet painting entitled “Impression, sunrise”
- often Impressionism A theory or style of painting originating and developed in France during the 1870s, characterized by concentration on the immediate visual impression produced by a scene and by the use of unmixed primary colors and small strokes to simulate actual reflected light.
- A literary style characterized by the use of details and mental associations to evoke subjective and sensory impressions rather than the re-creation of objective reality.
- Music A style of art music of the late 1800s and early 1900s, often evoking a dreamy mood and characterized by modal or whole-tone scales, rich and often dissonant harmonies in unconventional progressions, and the avoidance of traditional forms.
(countable and uncountable, plural impressionisms)
- (art) a movement in art characterized by visible brush strokes, ordinary subject matters, and an emphasis on light and its changing qualities
- (music) a style that avoided traditional harmony, and sought to invoke the impressions of the composer
- (poetry) a style that used imagery and symbolism to portray the poet's impressions
From French impressionnisme