29 Mar
Some impressionism paintings I love, but others I do not like so much.  There are qualities about different works that catch and hold my attention, while others are not so great to me.  I love the fact that artists dabbed primary colors together, making it appear that it is one color from a distance.  The style began with the “unfinished” painting Impression, Sunrise by Claude Monet that was created in 1872 in Paris was said to be an impression of a sunrise.  This comment gave the movement of Impressionism its name.

Impression, Sunrise by Claude Monet

Impressionism was influenced by the rise of photography in the late 19th century.  The style was also influenced by Japanese printmaking and Japanese decorations.  The quick, thick brustrokes that makes up this style are still popular in artworks today.  I enjoy the works of Impressionism that are more detailed instead of the very think brushstokes.  A painting that catches my eye is Le Moulin de la Gallette painted by Pierre-Auguste Renoir in Paris in 1876.

Le Moulin de la Gallette painted by Pierre-Auguste Renoir

In general, I am not a fan of the Impressionism style.  There are a handful that I found that were eye catching and interesting, but most are not very interesting to me.  You receive a different feeling/appriciation in Impressionism that you do not get from other periods of art.  The techique used in Impresionism is an art form in itself.  Impressionism art is more free feeling and you do not have to worry about figuring out with the art is about, when almost all other art you do have to in order to know what it going on.  Impressionism art is typically landscapes so there is no need to wonder.  I personally enjoy analysing art so I prefer works from other eras.  An example of a painting that you have to think about in order to understand it is The Meeting by Jean-Honore Fragonard in 1771 from the Rococo period.

The Meeting by Jean-Honore Fragonard

You can see well defined lines and detail in this painting that you do not see in Impressionist works.  There is a story behind the painting that is unknown just from a quick glance.  My final example is a peice from the Renaissance era.  It is Lady With the Ermine by Leonardo DaVinci and was created in 1489-90 in Krakow.


Lady With the Ermine by Leonardo da Vinci

The painting is a portrait and leave you wondering who the woman is and what makes her so important to have a painting made of her.



Work Cited

DaVinci, Leonardo. Lady With the Ermine. 1489-90. The Princes Czartoryskis’ Museum, Krakow. Krakow Info. 2001. Web. 30 Mar. 2011.

Fragonard, Jean-Honore. The Meeting. 1771. Frick Museum, New York City. Ancien Regime. Boston College. Web. 30 Mar. 2011.

Monet, Claude. Impression: Sunrise. 1872. Musée Marmottan Monet, Paris. Art Renewal Center. Art Renewal Center, 25 Jan. 2005. Web. 30 Mar. 2011.

Renoir, Pierre-Auguste. Le Moulin De La Gallette. 1876. Musée Du Louvre, Paris. The Art Wolf. Web. 30 Mar. 2011.



5 Responses to “Impressionism”

  1. crnichols2 March 31, 2011 at 9:45 am #

    For not particularly liking Impressionism- you sure produced a wonderful post! After reading it I can more clearly understand why one might not enjoy Impressionism art. I really like all of the paintings you included in your discussion and how you talked about the history of Impressionism, rather than just dismissing its history because you don’t like the art style. Nice post!

  2. wilsonamy April 1, 2011 at 2:55 am #

    loved the works that you put in your post. I think there are some good and some not so good works in every artistic style and you did a great job finding some good ones to share with us!

  3. jayhawk66 April 1, 2011 at 5:59 am #

    Very well written post. Good examples from Impressionist painters as well as a very good explanation of what you liked and didn’t like about this art style.

    The key for me in these paintings is that some paintings that don’t tend to have as much detail at first, can actually be very detailed (like “Impression, Sunrise”).

  4. polarbearjerica April 1, 2011 at 2:17 pm #

    I really enjoyed reading and looking at the pictures on your post. Good job! I think that on the first picture on your post called “Sunset” by Claude Monet, is very mysterious, it has a dark, fogginess feeling to it. I agree with you on how you said that there are some paintings that you like but then there are some that you don’t like. I’m the same exact way. Some catch my eye and attention, while others I just glance at and continue looking at other paintings. Impressionism is definitely one of those era’s that split the likeliness of people’s thoughts on paintings. As for the criteria, you stated the factual information such as the artists’ and titles of the art pieces. You included the a comparison of another era and you have a great work cited page. Awesome job!

  5. frznvypr April 9, 2011 at 7:20 am #

    I’m with crnichols2… you put a lot of thought into this and it shows… I appreciate the fact that you explained why you don’t particularly like Impressionism in general as opposed to merely stating it.

    I did enjoy your examples that you posted, especially the last two.. I can see why you like them. They are very intriguing.

    Overall, great job on the post, nice works cited section.

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