Impressionism In Art

For my paper, I decided that I wanted to focus on artistic movements in paintings. During my time in Paris, I saw an array of artwork whether it was sculptures, photography, paintings, drawings, etc. I went to a couple of museums and saw pieces of work that fit into all of those artistic categories. As a viewer, you could see the difference between French artwork compared to African or Asian artwork. In this essay, I am going to compare and contrast 6 paintings from the french impressionism genre, cubism genre, and lastly, the realism genre. Impressionism came about in the 19th century in Paris, France. Impressionism as an artistic style is vast. Post impressionism was created through impressionism. Before becoming the norm, the style was …show more content…
There are many notable painters who incorporated cubism style into their work. I found two pieces in the Musee d’Orsay that reflected cubism. They are called Still Life with Onions and Woman with a Coffeepot. Both pieces were by Paul Cezanne. Before taking this class, I only knew of a few artists who painted using cubism style. Pablo Picasso is the most notable artist in the genre that I know. When I came across the two pieces by Paul Cezanne, I was a bit confused because his paintings did not resemble the “cubism” style I knew. After further research, I can now see why both of his paintings are categorized as cubism. Both paintings are examples of Cubism because of the way they were composed. In the Still Life with Onions painting, the usage of volume helps the viewer see what style the painting is. The usage of geometrical shapes like the circles for the onions or rectangles show why it can be classified as cubism. In the Woman with a Coffeepot painting, the body of the woman, the coffeepot as well as the cup are painted particularly due to line arrangements used. The painting also incorporates different ranges of volumes which are concurrent with the cubism style. Art is supposed to evoke emotion, and as humans, we do not all see the same things. Paul Cezanne’s interpretation of everyday food items and even people shows how there is not just one view of the

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