What Is 'Impasto'?


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Impasto is perhaps easier recognized than explained. The term refers to a painting technique in which the paint is applied so that it has thickness and texture. In 17th century art, the technique was beginning to be developed, as in the paintings of Peter Paul Rubens. Rubens' nudes in particular were painted with great expression and texture, as if to emphasize their fleshiness and carnality. Later, the work of Vincent Van Gogh perhaps epitomized the impasto technique. In his paintings of cypress trees, the paint is applied so thickly that the trees seem to be waving with the motion of the brush marks. Impasto became celebrated when Modern Art was ushered in. During this period, many artists strove to create a unique reality within the painting. The emphasis shifted from representation of a scene 'out there' to the experience inside the painting. The impasto technique was appreciated because it drew attention to the work of art itself and underlined its plasticity. It fit well with Modern Art's appreciation for the artist's manipulation of the materials.
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Impasto is a method used in painting where paint is laid very thickly on the canvas. Mostly it is kept thick enough so that the brush and the painting-knife marks are visible. When dried, impasto offers texture.

Oil paint is best suited for this technique mainly because of the thickness that it has and the longer amount of time it takes to dry up. Acrylic paint can also be used for this technique.

Watercolors and Tempera cannot be used for impasto unless mixed with thickening media like Aquapasto. There are several uses of impasto like, it makes the light reflect in a particular way, it adds expressiveness to a painting, the third use of impasto is that it gives the painting a three dimensional sculptural look. Frank Auerbach has used impasto a lot in his paintings to give a three-dimensional look.

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