Impressionism art was the first time there was a big movement from traditional art. Impressionist art is a style in which the artist captures the image of an object as someone would see it if they just caught a glimpse of it. They paint the pictures with a lot of color and most of their pictures are outdoor scenes. Their pictures are very bright and vibrant. The artists like to capture their images without detail but with bold colours using loose brush strokes, they done this purposefully to give an ‘impression’. Impressionist artists painted people like their neighbours and bar keeps and liked to paint their scenes in different lighting. There was many factors that influenced impressionist art, one being that paint now was produced in tubes so artists could take paint with them anywhere. They were very concerned with being modern and contemporary.

The birth of photography influenced impressionism as they were against it.  Impressionism believed the world was bursting full of colour which they tried to portray in their paintings; at that time photography was in black and white. They wanted to show the modern world.

Realism: where an artist creates a representation of the subject matter and bringing it to the public eye.

Illusionism: something that is photorealistic and convincingly real however they are not.

In class we discussed the difference between men and women in this art movement. It was interesting that women were not allowed into art academies because of live drawing/painting lessons that used nude models. Women had to stay at home and look after the home and children, they were thought to be instinctive mothers so they should stay home for their children. Many paintings created by women in this era were from the home or of their children. Some wealthy enough would hire women to look after their children so they could go and paint.




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