synthetism

Discipline: Art

(1889)

Term used by the Pont Aven artists (in particular, EMILE BERNARD (1868-1941)) for their exhibition at the Exposition Universelle of 1889; and by the Groupe Synthe'tiste, formed in 1891, which included French painter Paul Gauguin among its members.

The term refers to an emphasis on the simplification of drawing and pattern, and the expressive purity of colors in contrast to the scientific developments of neo-impressionism.

Source:
H R Rookmaker, Synthetist Art Theories (Amsterdam, 1959)

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