Impressionism is a 19th century art movement that started with a group of Paris-Based artists. The name arose from the title of one of Claude Monet work, “Impression , soleil levant”, 1872. Characteristics of impressionism painting are thin, small brush strokes, open composition, emphasis on light, ordinary subject matter, and unusual angles. Impressionist painters took their work outside to capture moments in time. They portrayed the overall visual effects in their paintings instead of the details. Unmixed and “pure” colors were used to achieve the effect of intense colors.
Although Impression was a big change to the visual art world, I think that I still enjoy other art better than Impression. My opinion is mainly based off of how detailed past artist were in their paintings verses how detailed art is with the Impressionist style. Take a look at the two paintings by Artemisia Gentileschi in my 2nd blog. Her paintings show great detail. You can see the splatter of blood all over the place. She used darkness to set the tone of the painting to emphasize that the murder is dark and mysterious. Past painting like Artemisia Gentileschi’s are very dramatic, vivid, and straight to the point. Impressionism art is different. It is more relaxed with less detail and almost peaceful.
Even though Impressionism art is not my favorite I do still enjoy it. Claude Monet is a great example of art that I do like from the Impressionism art. His 8 oil painting series “Reflection of Clouds on Water Lilly Pond, 1920”, done in Northern France, really makes me feel a part of the painting. I feel like I am sitting on a bench staring at the lily pads floating on the river. I really enjoy art like that, that makes me feel like I am there too.