Essay on Impressionism, By Matthew Collings

1023 Words Apr 18th, 2016 null Page
British art critic, Matthew Collings, said in a documentary “Impressionism is the first movement to modern art” (Collings, "Impressionism Revenge of the Nice”). Have you ever taken an art class and felt like you just wanted to do something different from everyone else? To me there are two kinds of art teachers. There are ones that tell you what to do, what colors to use, without leaving room for experimentation. Then there are others that give you too much freedom, but no constructive criticism to improve. I personally am a firm believer in that you need to learn the rules in order to break them. You need to know anatomy first in order to pull off a certain pose that is not attainable; but credible because it was executed properly. Impressionism artists did just that. They didn’t fit in with the mold the realistic artists left behind. This does not mean there was no science to their madness. Impressionism artist focused predominately on landscapes and still lifes (Hansen, "Impressionism - Overview - Goodbye-Art Academy”). All of which required severe usage of perspective, however, this was not what the impressionism movement was known for.
Phil Hansen, director of online Goodbye Art Academy, tells us that Impressionism was an art movement that developed during the late 1800s and early 1900s. This art movement tried to give us the ‘impression’ or likeness of something without delivering a crisp image. This was a huge contrast from the other art movements going on at this…

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