Iwt1 Task 1 Wgu Essay

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IWT1 Task 1

Impressionism and Post Impressionism
By WGU student

In early 19th century, the French government controlled the academies and salons of paintings. The impressionism took place in second half of 19th century, which was results of French artists rejecting the traditional government sanctioned academic painting that was dominating their arts at the time. The first independent art exhibition was held in 1874 for one month. Few of the famous artists’ who participated and help organize this exhibition was Claude Monet, Berthe Morisot, Pierre-Auguste Renior, Edgar Degas and Camille Pissarro along with 25 other artists. They displayed approximately 165 paintings during this exhibit. This group of artists referred themselves as
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In their arts they were synthesizing the reality through the personal visions and searching for deeper meanings. “Symbolic and highly personal meanings were particularly important to Post-Impressionists such as Paul Gauguin and Vincent van Gogh. Rejecting interest in depicting the observed world, they instead looked to their memories and emotions in order to connect with the viewer on a deeper level” (The Art Story.org).
The main differences between impressionists and post impressionists are that the post impressionist incorporated their feelings thoughts and experience into the paintings versus the impressionist want to paint the way world is. By capturing the way light would reflect off of an object. The Post Impressionism movement was a period during which the art work itself surpassed its roll as an window into the world instead it gave us the thoughts and emotions of the artist. Their painting made the viewer see and feel the emotions and thought of the painter. Their paintings had a meaning, a purpose, whereas the impressionist paintings were intentionally left void of artists’ thoughts and feelings.
Vincent Van Gogh is perhaps the most famous of Post-Impressionism painters. His work 'Starry Night' is one the most well known painting in our modern culture. Even though Van Gogh in his lifetime only sold one painting, today his work is most replicated and sought after. However Van Gogh is not the only painter who left a lasting impression,

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