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ɪmˈprɛʃ ə nɪstim·pres·sion·ist

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. impressionistadjective

    a painter who follows the theories of Impressionism

  2. impressionist, impressionisticadjective

    relating to or characteristic of Impressionism

    "impressionist music"


  1. impressionistnoun

    One who adheres to the theory or method of impressionism.

  2. Etymology: From impressionniste.


  1. impressionist

    Impressionism was a 19th-century art movement characterized by relatively small, thin, yet visible brush strokes, open composition, emphasis on accurate depiction of light in its changing qualities (often accentuating the effects of the passage of time), ordinary subject matter, unusual visual angles, and inclusion of movement as a crucial element of human perception and experience. Impressionism originated with a group of Paris-based artists whose independent exhibitions brought them to prominence during the 1870s and 1880s. The Impressionists faced harsh opposition from the conventional art community in France. The name of the style derives from the title of a Claude Monet work, Impression, soleil levant (Impression, Sunrise), which provoked the critic Louis Leroy to coin the term in a satirical review published in the Parisian newspaper Le Charivari. The development of Impressionism in the visual arts was soon followed by analogous styles in other media that became known as impressionist music and impressionist literature.


  1. impressionist

    Impressionist refers to an artist or a work of art that aligns with the Impressionism art movement that originated in the 19th century in France. This art movement is characterized by small, thin yet visible brush strokes, capturing the essence of a scene rather than providing meticulous details, often accentuating accurate depiction of light to create an 'impression' of the subject. The term can also be applied to certain styles of literature, music, and film that give a suggestive and sensory description of events or experiences rather than clear, detailed narrative.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Impressionistnoun

    one who adheres to the theory or method of impressionism, so called

  2. Etymology: [F. impressionniste.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Impressionist in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Impressionist in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

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