The Impressionist Artists

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The Impressionist Artists belonged to a movement that was created in the 19th century and began as a loose association of Paris-based painters. They began exhibiting their work publicly in the 1860s. The name of the style is derived from the title of a Claude Monet piece, which provoked the critic Louis Leroy to coin the term in a satiric review published in Le Charivari.

Characteristics of this include visible brushstrokes, open composition, emphasis on light in its changing qualities (often accentuating the effects of the passage of time), ordinary subject matter, the inclusion of locomotion as a crucial element of human perception and experience, and unusual visual angles.

Book Review

I found this interesting book by Sue Row called The Private Lives of the Impressionists (If you click on the text link it will take you to Amazon where you can find out more!) I also found a stimulating book review by "Shalom Freedman" which I think you will like....
Review by "Shallom Freedman:"

This is the story of one of the great movements in Art History, French Impressionism. It does not however focus on the Art itself, but rather on the lives of the artists, on their relations to each other, on the story of the time and world in which they lived. It tells a story of a great deal of rejection at home where the Impressionists work was frequently jeered, and concludes with the tale of the immense success the great agent and promoter Rurand- Duel had in New York in his exhibition of 1880 a success which truly put the them on the road to success. In the twenty odd years from 1860 roughly to 1880 in which Manet, Pisarro, Monet, Renoir, Sisley, Bazille, Cezanne, Degas, Morisot, Cassatt, truly create Impressionism most of this group could not make a living from their painting. One of the most surprising and moving features of this story is how these painters tried to help each other, were very often true friends to one another. Here the model and example was Pisarro whose kindness and generosity seemed to come natural. A number of the Artists had for a long time their parents as principal patrons. And this book traces the often complicated family relationships involved .Also the love - relationships, or lack of love relationships in the lives of the artist are tastefully recorded. The most moving chapter of the book tells of what finally happened to each of the artists after they grew apart from each other. To my mind the major failing of the work is that it does not really give a sense of the painting, nor show how each artist developed his own unique way of seeing the world.

Central Figures...

The central figures in the development of the group in France, listed alphabetically, were:

Frédéric Bazille,Gustave Caillebotte (who, younger than the others, joined forces with them in the mid 1870s)

Mary Cassatt (American-born, she lived in Paris and participated in four exhibitions) Paul Cézanne (although he later broke away from the group) Edgar Degas Armand Guillaumin Edouard Manet Claude Monet Berthe Morisot, Camille Pissarro, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Alfred Sisley

Some collectable posters.....

Here are some beautiful posters. When you click on the graphics it will take you to Allposters where you can see them in a larger size, and even framed on walls in various rooms...... Isn't technology great?

Still Life
Still Life by Paul Cezanne

The Iris
The Iris by Vincent Van Gogh
The Impressionists - Pierre-Auguste Renoir - Oarsmen at Chatou
Pierre-Auguste Renoir - Oarsmen at Chatou


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