Implied Movement

The theme of this gallery is Dancing within  the Impressionist movement.

To kick off the impressionist era, an extremely talented and without a doubt well known artist, Vincent van Gogh. This particular piece, The Dance Hall In Arles, is a perfect place to start this gallery. Van Gogh had something specific in terms of movement. Not just movement of characters within the painting, but the dance your eyes do while looking at one of his famous canvases. In this particular painting, even though there is only small indication of movement, you can tell that the scene is full of motion. A spectator's eye would bounce from face to face, to dress to dress, to background element. It is quite incredible.
Country Dance by Pierre Auguste Renoir, while falling within the lines of an Impressionist piece in some areas, and while it was created within the years of the impressionist movement, this particular piece is not what I am going for. This piece has no movement, not implied realism, no eye drawing details. This painting is gorgeous but it does not fall under an impressionist style dance piece.
If Van Gogh is the Father of Impressionist piece, Edouard Manet is the Grandfather. His style and implied vision is the essential building blocks to impressionist style. This particular painting, Masked Ball at the Opera, is incredible. While the linework is messy, a staple in impressionist pieces, the implied motion of this piece stands out. Manet's color palette, and the bright and colorful woman in the foreground tell its own story on its own.
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