TON­AL­ISM

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Ton­al­ism is a paint­ing move­ment or artis­tic style pop­u­lar from about 1880 to 1915, pre­ced­ing Im­pres­sion­ism. Artists painted land­scapes with a col­ored at­mos­phere or feel­ing of mist, em­pha­siz­ing shad­ows and us­ing dark, neu­tral hues in­clud­ing soft greys, browns, and blues. (By the late 1890s, crit­ics were de­scrib­ing the paint­ings as “tonal.”) The em­pha­sis is on tran­quil­ity and the spir­i­tual qual­i­ties of the set­ting. Paint­ings were be­gun on lo­ca­tion—taken di­rectly from na­ture—but then fin­ished in a stu­dio in­doors. George In­ness and James McNeill Whistler were lead­ing painters of this school.

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