I have come to the realisation that we cannot live without technology.. but we cannot live WITH it either.My internet was/is still giving me problems! Not my idea of the 21st century technology but who am i to complain. Anyway let’s get to the point.As i promised last time we will be looking at Impressionism and Expressionism. Both of which can confuse any body who is any body ( even myself ).
Lets start with Impressionism. I found a profound statement on a website about Impressionism, It said ” They ignited a revolution with an explosion of colour and movement.Ttheir canvases confounded critics,defied conventions and sparked scandals.A century and a half later they are among the most revered and influential artists of all time”.
I find that statement is spot on!!! Beautifully said and so true.The Impessionists loved playing around with colour, not necessarily with bright colour but more with HOW colour effects the canvas.They explored the way colour can be used to create the effect of light… in many different forms. This is especially true in Renoir’s work.Wikipedia says this about Impressionists ” Characteristics of Impressionist paintings include relatively small, thin, yet visible brush strokes; open composition; emphasis on accurate depiction of light in its changing qualities (often accentuating the effects of the passage of time); common, ordinary subject matter; the inclusion of movement as a crucial element of human perception and experience; and unusual visual angles”
Some of the most famous artists of that time include Renoir , Degas , Manet and Monet. As i have mentioned Pierre-Auguste Renoir is one of my favourite . Degas , Manet and Monet were just as brilliant. While Renoir was not only fascinated by light , he was fascinated by red-headed women( i mean that in the nicest way possible hehehe ) as well , Degas’ fascination ( Edgar Degas ) was movement and ballerinas.Degas had extensive traditional artistic skills but chose to use them differently as did many of these artists.They certainly did not lack any skills… artistic that is. Degas not only painted but drew and sculpted very well.
Many people regard Manet as one of the top Impressionists, for good reason too.I on the other hand think Monet is one of the best.Now dont confuse Manet and Monet.While Manet was good at what he did, Monet was , in my opinion , a little better. He truly captured Impressionism , with his depiction of reality using light and movement.Monet was extremely fascinated with light. He would paint one object or scene at different times of the day just to see the difference the light made .He specifically loved painting this lilly pond, if im not mistaken it was in his back yard or near his house. He would paint many different versions and at different times of the day.
One thing i noticed with the Impressionists was that almost everyone knew and took inspiration from one another. Sort of like a family of artists.Renoir getting inspired by Monet , Degas getting inspired by Manet … and so on and so on. In fear of sounding like a soap opera…they helped each other ,they aspired to be like one another ( They loved one another ?? ) i cant say yay or nay to that last part but im pretty sure i would grow to love my artist family.
that pretty much sums up the Impressionist. There is lots to read on the internet about each artist i discussed and one can speak or write about them for hours. My time has unfortunately run out. I know i promised we would go into Expressionism as well but that will just have to wait until next time.
Stay true to the happy you ( oh boy.. did i just rhyme ??? )
cheers for now