Impessionism Essay

1517 Words Jan 27th, 2014 7 Pages
Unit 5 IP
Michele Jones
American InterContinental University
August 22, 2013

When artists decided to paint “impressions” of what the eye actually sees, rather than what the mind knows, is when Impressionism was born. This paper will examine three works of art from the Impressionist Era. The works will be compared in regards to styles and content, also aesthetic qualities and any possible symbolic significance.

Impressionism Impressionism is a style of art that allows the artists to paint “impressions” of what the eye actually sees, rather than what the mind knows. Artists often used small dabs of color that appear merely as separate strokes
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Monet studied art in Paris, but was also greatly influenced by Johann Barthold Jongkind, which lead to his future as a landscape painter. In January 1877, turning his attention to Paris, he took up a subject that had attracted Manet and Caillebotte in the immediately preceding years; he obtained permission to paint at St-Lazare Station (Grove Art Online, n.d.). His technique often involved painting in layers, starting with a light toned ground and building from that. The final product often provided a record of this process, as areas of the toned ground remained untouched to the end (Grove Art Online, n.d.). Impressionism style developed from the time period in which is was born. The artists

generally painted the day to day life around them. The landscape of a river or people out to

lunch were all possible subjects, the style in which it was painted made it uniquely

Impressionistic. A growing interest in color theory and the laws of complementary contrasts; an

increasing liking, among landscape painters, for working en PLEIN AIR; and a growing

dissatisfaction with the official salon exhibitions where many of the young Impressionists

experienced frequent rejection (Impressionism, n.d.).


Le Moulin de la Galette, by Renoir

In this piece, Renoir depicts a popular Impressionist theme: contemporary middle-class

people enjoying outdoor leisure activities

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