"Every age projects its own images into its art."         Impressionism took place from 1870 to 1905. It is unique due to the large in shift in the area of concentration of artists. Impressionism is different from any other art period preceding it. It is especially different from realism, the artistic period that came directly before Impressionism. Realism focused on showing and revealing real life with real middle class subjects. It did not focus on abstract feelings and capturing intangible moments like impressionism does. Impressionists, however, also focus on realistic subjects, royalty and portraits are almost gone from subject matter. Nature and landscapes now dominate subject matter. Artists are obsessed with capturing fleeting moments and making their brushstrokes convey the beauty that light creates at any second. This development came after the invention of the paint tube and the increased ability of artists to leave their studios to find inspiration and create great works. All of these conditions and ideologies led to a different style of painting. Paintings were now made with thick, fast, imprecise brush strokes rather than perfectly detailed pieces that looked like photographs. The name "Impressionism" came from a joke a review made about a painting done by Claude Monet.  

This painting is a great example of the outdoor subject matter popular with painters of the time. Van Gogh was inspired by blooming trees and viewed them as a symbol of rebirth and hope. Van Gogh was so inspired by blooming trees, he created a whole series of paintings in orchards. Impressionistic aspects can also be seen through the lack of detail in this painting, and the use of other things instead (such as color and light) to make an impression.
This painting is yet another example of how artists chose to take their work outside of the studio. The painting is less centered around one detailed object and perfection of brushstrokes and rather makes the entire landscape the focal point of the piece. The painting shows a normal day and really captures the feeling of the moment.
This piece of artwork is also a painting that is a part of a collection of other similar paintings. This was especially common during this period, because artists liked to see how the same thing would look different under different conditions and how this would affect the lighting, color palette, and so on. This painting once again has the traditional Impressionistic aspects of the heavy brush strokes and beautiful use of color.
In this painting, Monet really captured the way light reflects off the water and onto the lilies and vice versa. Monet started and completed most of his paintings while outside. This painting has traditional Impressionist aspects, but also has a lot of detail that leaves the observer wondering what might be causing particular colors or images within the painting. The huge size of this image in real life adds to its wowing effect.
All of Monet's paintings containing haystacks as their subject matter really do a great job showing how light plays with subjects and affects what the eye will pick up. This painting also has a unique sense of dimension that not many other paintings from this time period had. Here, there is a more defined sense of foreground, middle ground, and background, whereas in many other works this depth is absent.
The video caption does a good job describing Monet's intention with his painting. This painting shows how there is great care taken in each painting, even though it may appear to be rushed. There is thought and emotion pressed into every piece of art.
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