Contemporary & Modern ArtHistory & MythologySlider

Impressionist Mosaics: Portraying a Perceptual Impression

Cover Photo: by Solomatina Anna,

Looking for new ways to understand artworks?

Have you explored Impressionism?

Unlike traditional mosaics relying on accurate lines and details, impressionist mosaics are created with natural flaws. Mosaic Impressionism is archetypal to impressionist painting techniques. Paintings are usually made with small strokes of pure colors. While impressionist mosaics are made with scientific studies of color to manifest the effects of light and saturation.

In this article you will discover what Impressionism is really about and how to understand this art movement!    

The Art Story: Impressionism 

Impressionism is one of the first striking modern art movements in painting. The 1860’s and 1870’s had seen the development of Impressionism in Paris. Its influence has broadened throughout Europe and in due course the United States.Impressionism was born in turning away from the faultless finish and detail to which most artists of their day desired adapted. The movement aimed to capture impressions and intuitive effects of a scene. To make the effect more credible, many Impressionist artists left their workshops and went to the streets and countryside, to paint en plein air. 

Rather than probing on details, artists shaped an impression with thick and short brush strokes.  Juxtaposed colors were often applied with as little color mixing as possible. Thus has created a vibrant color temperature, mixed in the eye of the beholder. Impressionist surfaces are often opaque and dense. To create a color reflection from one object to another, artists gave a close attention to highlighting with natural light.  

 mosaic art bridge with buildings

Photo: by Solomatina Anna,

What is the main visual element in Impressionist mosaic art? 

Impressionists mosaic designers, loosened their symmetric tile cut and lightened their tesserae to include pure, intense hues. What is the main visual element in impressionism mosaics? Well, color of course! Impressionist mosaic artists value the fact of color existence in shadows. According to this theory, artists have started creating their mosaic designs.  

Which mosaic technique is NOT associated with Impressionism?

The main idea of impressionism is to portray the artist’s intuitive impression. The challenge is to make this impression obvious to the eyes of the beholder. Nevertheless, creating precise details of a reality as seen by the artist is not adapted in the impressionist technique. Therefore, using dark tiles to create shadows  and details was swapped by bright colors.  In order to create an impressionistic mosaic artwork, defined shapes has to be replaced by minor details, an Impression!  Primary and complementary colors, will bring out the best of tesserae. 

Mosaic Art Impressionism Image woman on horse

Copyright ©Mozaico Art, 2015. All rights reserved.


Now that you have learned about impressionist mosaics, would you think of owning or creating an impressionist mosaic artwork?
Share your thoughts with us in the comment box below.

Did you enjoy this article?

You may also want to read:

New Vision of an ancient medium: Glass Mosaic Tiles

Don’t Forget to Subscribe to our Newsletters for More Updates on Mosaic Art, Decor, Creativity and Much More!



Mosaic Artwork design
Previous post

New Vision of an ancient medium: Glass Mosaic Art

Next post

Abstract Art - Mosaic Designs: Visual Sounds Of Color and Shape

Chantal Menhem

Chantal Menhem


  1. August 18, 2015 at 11:50 am — Reply

    This site and the resources you provide is really nice keep it up. Mars Incorporated Case Solution

  2. reggie
    August 17, 2015 at 3:06 pm — Reply

    Impressionism done with a brush is effective on small works. My sense is that mosaic impressionism is only effective on large pieces is that so? How large are the pieces exemplified in the blog article?

    • August 18, 2015 at 8:11 am — Reply

      Hello Reggie,
      It only depends on how you define large and small scales,
      Impressionism done with a brush is effective on small and large works, that’s from my experience as a painter! While impressionist mosaics will bring out the best in tiles on large scales. The lady with a horse for example is 120x160cm.
      Have a nice day 🙂

Leave a reply

Your email address will not be published.

Time limit is exhausted. Please reload CAPTCHA.