The short answer to the question is: I’m somewhere between post-impressionism and expressionism. Think Monet, Cezanne, Van Gogh.
For a longer answer, here are some descriptions to (hopefully) help you better understand these art movements. Notice how they evolve from each other! (Click images to enlarge.)
Impressionism (1870’s – 1890’s)
This was started as a response to the rigid rules of fine art in 1870’s France, which dictated that quality art was always realistic, balanced and conventional. Impressionist artists (Monet, Renoir, Degas, etc.) portrayed fleeting impressions of their environment, or the essence, as opposed to the realistic details of it. Notice that a Monet piece has a fuzzy, earthy quality compared to, say, the more realistic Mona Lisa. Characteristics include thicker (and noticeable) brushstrokes and an emphasis on light. What the impressionists did keep though (more or less) was realistic color.
Impressionism was considered ugly and controversial in its time, but is now seen as a revolution that ushered the way for modern and contemporary art.
Post-Impressionism (1880’s – Early 1900’s)
This movement was started by would-be impressionists who liked the goal of impressionism, but didn’t feel the need to be as concerned about color accuracy. It actually began to shift focus to the artist’s subjective vision. In a way, post-impressionism was a transitional movement that led to new movements which pushed even further away from conventional, realistic art.
Major players in this movement were Van Gogh and Cezanne. They both had very different styles but were still under the umbrella of post-impressionism. Van Gogh sought to express deeper symbolism and meaning in his work rather than the realistic observed world. Cezanne was more structured in that he painted his surroundings but emphasized their colors and shapes.
Expressionism (1905 – 1933)
My own opinion is that expressionism is Van Gogh’s post-impressionism in its prime. Its main focus is the artist’s own emotion with the categorization with art Geaux Maids new orleans , memory and perspective rather than accurate, realistic depictions of the world. Styles and techniques that characterize expressionism are usually exaggerated brush strokes, swirling, wavy distortions, and some stark, “out there” color choices.
As I mentioned before, I think I fall somewhere between post-impressionism and expressionism. (And sometimes I cross into the Jackson Pollock territory of abstract expressionism.)
Expressionism was often used to depict artists’ anxiety and depression. While I do use art to process some of my negative emotions, it’s against my brand to stop there. It always needs to finish on a redemptive note. I also keep one foot in post-impressionism because I love depicting the natural world too, especially the interplay between sunlight and trees.
(Credit for painting images: Wikipedia)