Impressionism- love it, or hate it?

Impressionism, is major art movement that developed chiefly in France during the late 19th and early 20th century. Impressionist painting comprises of work produced between about 1867 and 1886 by a group of artists who shared a set of related approaches and techniques to painting. The most common characteristic of Impressionism painting was an attempt to accurately and objectively record visual reality in terms of transient effects of light and color. The principal Impressionist painters were Claude Monet, Pierre Auguste Renoir, Camille Pissarro, Alfred Sisley, and Frederic Bazille. The founders of this society were animated by the will to break with the official art, such as that of the Realistic Era. This is one of the reason why I enjoy their artwork compared to those such as the Realistic era, they seem to have a different take of reality and how it can be painted. Some of the characteristics of Impressionist paintings that make their work enjoyable include small, thin brush strokes, every accurate light depiction, and the subject matter in which they paint, which usually is normal life matters and environmental scenery. A good example of Impressionist artwork is one that actually lead to the name of the movement, a painting by a man Claude Monet entitled Impression, Sunrise in 1872 painted in France(seen above). This painting depicts normal scenery of a harbor in Le Havre, France. Monet uses light small brush strokes that suggest whats happening in real-time. The sun seems to be painted with a bright spot on the canvas suggesting that the brightness is directly related to the real world sunlight. This in its self allows the painting to have very realistic qualities that allow the viewer to precieve and figured out what the actual scenery looked like. I prefer this type of realistic artwork compared to that of the Realistic era because Impressionist artwork allows you to examine the various shades and objects of a painting to figure out for yourself what’s really going on in a painting.

Sources: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Impressionism, http://www.huntfor.com/arthistory/c19th/impressionism.htm

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One Response to Impressionism- love it, or hate it?

  1. I like the imagination that comes with the Impressionism era as well. I also love the vibrant colors, and how even though nearly every brush stroke is visible, everything is neatly blended and creates a beautiful scene. I have to agree I’m a bigger fan of the Impressionism and Post Impressionism eras than the Realistic era as well.

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