Dates: 1886-1906

Origin: Europe

Key Artists: Camille Pissaro, Paul Signac, Georges Seurat

A movement in French painting that developed from and in reaction to Impressionism, considered by some to be too improvisatory a technique. Neo-Impressionism (the term was devised by the critic Félix Fénéon in 1886) sought to apply a more rational and scientific method, whereby pure dots of colour, of equal size, gave a maximum of luminosity. The leader of the group was Georges Seurat (1859–91), its theorist Paul Signac, and its elder statesman Camille Pissarro; all three exhibited at the last Impressionist exhibition in 1886. Although it was very short-lived as a movement, Neo-Impressionism’s influence was considerable and affected the paintings of such diverse figures as Gauguin, Van Gogh, Toulouse-Lautrec, and Matisse.

“Neo-Impressionism.” The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Art Terms. Oxford Art Online. 11 Mar. 2010 <;

Camille Pissaro

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