Original impasto oil painting by Gloria Kannoz, titled ""Flowers in the Sun". Displayed in an ornate wood frame.
The Antiquary's Story:
“Impasto” is the Italian word for dough—for the thick dough-like texture that characterizes this technique. An artist will layer paint heavily on the canvas surface so that brush strokes are visible on the finished painting. With this technique, colors are often applied directly with a palette knife and mixed on canvas.
Capturing movement, depth and reflect light, Vincent Van Gogh used this approach in many works, with “Starry Night” being one of the most famous paintings to display this style.
Later in the 1900s, American artist, Jackson Pollock, uses impasto in his abstract collections. It is said that some of his paint drips were so thick that collectors have trouble preserving his works.