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Post Impressionism was a movement that evolved between 1886 and 1905 in France, from the last Impressionist exhibition to the birth of Fauvism. It developed as a reaction to the Impressionists, whose paintings were dominated by naturalistic depictions of light and colour. The Post-Impressionists' goal was to create more realistic, fanciful paintings that conveyed the mood and feelings of the subjects depicted.

The nascent Post Impressionists continued to paint naturalistic scenes but rejected the realism of Impressionism. Often, they used thick applications of paint and used simplified, definitive forms. They also rejected the naturalistic approach of the Impressionists and reverted to abstract tendencies. Some of these artists included Paul Gauguin, Georges Seurat, and Vincent van Gogh. The main goal of the Post-Impressionists was to create a more 'true' aesthetic experience for the viewer.

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