• 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,[1] 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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