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Hello, it’s Brynn here wishing you a happy spring and easter!

In today’s post, we will be exploring and unpacking the impressionist art movement.

Who? Monet was a leader of the movement, and his visible brush strokes and fragmented color application found their way into the works of others.

Just like how I was inspired by the impressionist style in my spring chick painting:

What? Understanding characteristics of impressionism art will not only help you understand this art also help you easily identify it when you see it:

  1. Quick, loose brush strokes

  2. Bright paintings

  3. “En plein air” (Painting Outside)

  4. Relative color

  5. Clearer picture from further away

The following are some examples of famous impressionist paintings:

San Giorgio Maggiore at Dusk by C. Monet

Starry Night by Van Gogh

When? Impressionism is an artistic movement and style developed in the early 1870s.

Where? Rather than painting in a studio, the Impressionists found that they could capture the momentary effects of sunlight by working quickly, in front of their subjects, in the open air (en plein air) rather than in a studio.

Why? The characteristics of Impressionism art were new, exciting, and radical. In many ways, the art was rebellious from classical art prior to Impressionism. Impressionism held a certain significance as it created a model for freedom and subjectivity that supported artistic freedom!

Thank you for reading:)

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