interesting colour. i feel like there is a silhouette of a cat, but it is not quite eligible. is it supposed to be that way? either way i quite enjoy the colours. the blue looks like glass with scratches (if possible) and the red is more messy and splattered.
Because I've studied art and art history? I didn't even look at the category. I just know what impressionism is. Impressionism isn't so abstract, it focuses on light and how it changes with time, but also on the inconsistencies of human perception. Also, this is a photograph and impressionism is an art movement. In fact photography was the anti-impressionism. So never the two shall meet.
"Because I've studied art and art history?" Yeah, I figured that much since you took the time to correct me. No need to get snippy.
Did I really come off critical? I was just asking "How can you tell?" for my benefit; in other words, I was merely asking "what is the difference between abstract and impressionism?"
I only took one class of art history, but it didn't stick, and, after several years, of other subjects, just kind of pushed it out of my mind. I just figured it was impressionist since I love Monet and Van Gogh, and thought that this image and their paintings look similar, but as you pointed out, I was clearly wrong.
Well "How can you tell?" can be interpreted a couple of ways. I was covering my bases, I wasn't being snippy. It's how I talk. You could have just asked "What is the difference between abstract and impressionism?" because that's a more concise question and would lead to your desired answer.
I didn't say you came off as critical. I was covering my bases. I was just passing along information.
So, to answer the question: There's a huge difference between abstract and impressionism. Abstract, is just that...abstract, there. While impressionism is a four-dimensional way of painting and is still focusing on representation (or on static imagery). It is one of the movements that lead to abstraction, which focuses on ideas and/or emotions and expressing them in non-representative way.
Also, Van Gogh was a part of post-impressionism, it's different.