His use of impasto was surely inspired by Titian, and the addition of impasto showed a new method of illusion in the artist’s work.
Much later, the French Impressionists created pieces covering entire canvases with rich impasto textures.
First, it makes the light reflect in a particular way, giving the artist additional control over the play of light in the painting.
Impasto is a technique used in painting, where paint is laid on an area of the surface thickly, usually thick enough that the brush or painting-knife strokes are visible.
As with many abstract expressionist works (and many so-called “action paintings” as well), impasto is a prominent feature.
Second, it can add expressiveness to the painting, with the viewer being able to notice the strength and speed by which the artist applied the paint.
Impasto gives texture to the painting, meaning it can be opposed to more flat, smooth, or blended painting styles.
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