Post Impressionism is a term applied to a diverse number of styles in the world of modern French art. Though never a formally organized school or style, Post Impressionism includes artists seeking to reject the lack of emotion or organized form in many Impressionist works. Interestingly, some of the styles that are categorized under Post-Impression relied on the techniques of the Impressionist masters - including Pointillism and Synthetism.
Many artists had grown weary of the popularity of Impressionism, with some referring to as the new Academic method, and this is the reason so many were ready to experiment with, or transition to, a less structured and methodical manner of painting.
Most of the Post-Impressionist painters still used brilliant palettes and distinctive applications of paint, but they placed a strong emphasis on form, and are often considered the forerunners of later abstract art movements, such as Cubism and Cloisonnism.
Post-Impressionism is considered to be, for the most part, French art between 1886 and 1914, and includes artists such as Paul Cezanne, Paul Gauguin, Henri Edmond Cross, Georges Seurat, Paul Signac, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec and Vincent Van Gogh, among many more.