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Impressionists Styles and Subject Matter Essay

  • Submitted by: boysboysboys
  • on November 24, 2012
  • Category: Arts and Music
  • Length: 1,037 words

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During the Impressionist era artists’ subject matter and style of art were very different from anything that had ever been done before. Impressionists were the first to experiment with the formal elements such as light, color, line, movement, space, and shape. The most important element the Impressionists experimented with was light, with light came the experimentation of color. The only way you can have color is through light, this is why the artists liked to capture all aspects of light, to get extreme colors. In this essay I will use the works of Claude Monet, Camille Pissarro, and Gustave Caillebotte to show what was new about the subject matter and style of the Impressionists.
One of the most well known Impressionists was a man named Claude Monet. Monet had studied with a landscape painter named Eugene Boudin in Le Havre, Normandy, France, where Monet was from. Boudin painted en plein air, outdoors, so this is what Monet did. One of the main characteristics of Impressionist paintings is experimenting with the formal elements, mainly light and color. Monet painted en plein air so he could capture the extremes of the colors produced by the extremes of the refections of the light. We see evidence of this is Impression: Sunrise by Claude Monet (oil on canvas, Impressionism). In this painting Monet also exhibits visible brushstrokes, which indicated he was working rapidly. Monet’s paintings have a very expressive style to them, as opposed to something Neoclassic artist Jacques- Louis David may have done. A perfect example in comparing the two artists’ work is by using The Oath of the Horatii by Jacques-Louis David (oil on canvas, Neoclassicism) and Impression: Sunrise by Claude Monet. In The Oath of the Horatii, David is painting very symmetrically, formally, and orderly; the total opposite of Impression: Sunrise. David also uses a lot of black in The Oath of the Horatii where Monet, and Impressionists in general, have eliminated black from their color palette...

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