June 11, 2008

On Impressionists!

Posted in English at 10:51 am by Rou...

Do you think that a first impression is important…?


Well… if you do, then let me tell you that in the 19th century, a group of French painters tried to capture the idea of how things looked at a glance so as to convey an overall impression of a particular scene in their paintings. When you actually have a look at their paintings you’ll probably be more attentive to the painter’s perspective and feelings towards the scene, rather than the subject of the scene itself…


Who are this group of painters…?
Those are the “Impressionists”…


Why were they called so, who are they, what distinguish their works from any others paintings…?


All these questions and more were beautifully discussed through yesterday’s presentation on “Impressionism, Monet’s life and works”…


But, to better understand Monet’s works, perhaps we need to better understand the surroundings he lived in…


So, what lead to this new school…?


The thing is that throughout the 19th century, so many different schools existed, but more or less they all fell under the umbrella of one of 2 broad categories… Romanticism, and Realism… and as a matter of fact, those two categories were the extreme of each others, and consequently the ideological opposition between those 2 movements extended to other fields not only paintings, and affected literature, poetry, and philosophy… Eventually this lead to the rise of new schools such as symbolism, impressionism, and post impressionism…

So, why France, and why the 19th Century…?


Well, by the beginning of the 19th Century France had already passed a very violent period in its history that resulted from the reformation phase during and after the French Revolution which ended in 1799. By that time the French people started to pay attention and concentrate on the one thing that they can innovate in, which was “culture”. Amongst a stable political surroundings, and a prosper economic climate, art started to flourish in France, and with their famous Louvre, their architectural beauty, and their prominent Art teaching academies, France generally and Paris particularly, as they reached the late years of the 19th Century, had become an ambition for any artist to go to, just like Florence was to the Renaissance era.


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