Postimpressionism (ladina keele post – pärast) sai alguse 1880. aastatel, kasvades välja impressionismist.Postimpressionismi tuntuimad esindajad on Paul Gauguin, Vincent van Gogh, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec ja Paul Cézanne.
1880. aastatel katsetasid mitmed kunstnikud (Vincent Van Gogh, Paul Gauguin, Georges Seurat ja Paul Cézanne) värvi, vormi ja joone väljenduslikkusega. Seda peetakse postimpressionismi alguseks. Mõnikord peetakse postimpressioniste ekslikult impressionistideks või liigitatakse muuseumis impressionistide alla, kuid tegelikult on tegemist omaette vooluga.

Postimpressionistlikke kunstnikke 

  • Camille Pissarro (1830–1903) aastatel 1885–1890
  • Paul Cézanne (1839-1906)
  • Paul Gauguin (1848–1903)
  • Vincent van Gogh (1853–1890)
  • Henri Edmond Cross (1856-1910)
  • Georges Seurat (1859–1891)
  • Paul Signac (1863–1935)
  • Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (1864–1901)
  • Paul Sérusier (1864-1927)
  • Pierre Bonnard (1867-1947)
  • Ker-Xavier Roussel (1867-1944)
  • Édouard Vuillard (1868-1940)
  • Maurice Denis (1870-1943)
  • Georges Dufrénoy (1870–1943)
  • Henri Rousseau (1844-1910)


* Paul Cezanne

Paul Cézanne (19 January 1839 – 22 October 1906) was a French artist and Post-Impressionist painter whose work laid the foundations of the transition from the 19th century conception of artistic endeavor to a new and radically different world of art in the 20th century. Cézanne can be said to form the bridge between late 19th century Impressionism and the early 20th century's new line of artistic enquiry, Cubism. The line attributed to both Matisse and Picasso that Cézanne "is the father of us all" cannot be easily dismissed.

Cézanne's work demonstrates a mastery of design, colour, tone, composition and draftsmanship. His often repetitive, sensitive and exploratory brushstrokes are highly characteristic and clearly recognizable. He used planes of colour and small brushstrokes that build up to form complex fields, at once both a direct expression of the sensations of the observing eye and an abstraction from observed nature. The paintings convey Cézanne's intense study of his subjects, a searching gaze and a dogged struggle to deal with the complexity of human visual perception.