since I saw my first Renoir, I fell in love with impressionism.
The combination of patches of color and scattered light
gave the paintings a kind of innocents. It moved me to discover
rather than recognize what I was looking at. Here the familiar
references were gone and I could wander.
Impressionist era centered in France during the late 19th century,
where the volatile political and social climate provided a fertile
soil for the birth of an art movement that went against the grain
of the traditional. The movement's name came from Monet's early
work, Impression: A Sunrise, which was singled out for criticism
by an art critique Louis Leroy on its exhibition. This art at
first was viewed as controversial and it was considered to threaten
the values that fine art meant to uphold. Only when Camille Pisaro
died in 1903 have the critiques agreed that this movement was
the main 19th century artistic revolution and that all its members
were among the finest painters.
Édouard Manet is considered the inventor
of modern art and the grand father of Impressionism. His painting
"Lunchen on the Grass" stir up a scandal but young artists
first large exhibition of Impressionism was held in 1874. "The
Exposition des Impressionistes" was comprised entirely of
Impressionist paintings rejected by the formal Salons "Le
Salon Refusés". The original movement comprises the
work produced between 1867 and 1886 by a group of artist who shared
similar techniques and approaches. Some of the most influential
impressionistic painters were Claude Monet, Pierre August Renoir,
Edgar Degas, Édouard Manet, Alfred Sisley, Berthe Morisot,
Camille Pissarro and Armand Guillaumin..
Impressionist Style and the artists:
Impressionist painters were faced with the difficult challenge
of trying to capture an intense, fleeting impression of nature
in true color and light. A painting was typically completed in
a very short timeframe to capture the true essence of light. The
brushstrokes were left as applied emanating beauty and spontaneity
within the painting.
perfect example is Monet's series of Watter Lilies. Here the painter
demonstrates the different moods of the changing seasons, the
time of day, and the available light, as he captures the essence
of a moment in time.
August Renoir, is perhaps the only painter
said Octave Mirbeau who never produced a sad painting. In his
painting he created an immage of happiness.
Edgar Degas did not fit in the exact deffinition
of Impressionism but he was never the less one of its dedicated
driving force. With his eccentric view points he gave the human
body a new interpretation. The hallmark of his art was the world
of theatre, dance and music. Degas devoted most of his attention
to ballerinas rehearsing or on stage.
Some of the
most well known Impressionist were also part of the Post Impressionist
era. There is no well deffined style of Post Impressionism but
in general it is less casual and more emotionnaly charged than
Impressionist work. The classic Post Impressionist were Paul Cézanne,
Paul Gauguin, Vincent van Gogh
was facinated with by color, shape and form. He was a key figure
in the transition of 19th centry to 20th century art.
said " ....don't copy nature too much. Art is an abstraction"
In the Stary Night everything swirls at night
in St. Remy. It seems that the artist Vincent van Gogh, has expelled
his inner conflict onto a canvas.