A Day of Impressions

Impressionism is an art-movement started by a group of Paris-based Artist in the 19th century. Some characteristics of impressionism include: visible brush strokes, a realistic depiction of how light changes over time, and the use of "ordinary" subject matter. In this gallery, we will explore several different Impressionist artworks and learn a bit about artists behind their creation. 

Paul Cézanne was born on January 19, 1839 in Aix-en-Provence, Southern France. In 1852, Cézanne attended the Collège Bourbon where he went to pursue law based on his father's wishes. However, he soon realized he no longer wanted to continue this education and moved to Paris. While in Paris, Cézanne attended the Académie Suisse where he met impressionist artist, friend, and mentor, Camille Pissarro. Although Cézanne was inspired by impressionism, unlike most impressionist artists, whom worked outside, Cézanne preferred to work inside his studio. Today, he is also considered a post-impressionist artist and helped to bridge the gap between impressionism and the more modern art-style, cubism.
Joaquín Clausell was born on June 16, 1866 in San Francisco de Campeche, Mexico. In the 1890's, Clausell moved from his residence in New York to Paris, where his interest in painting rose after viewing an exhibit by impressionist artist and friend, Camille Pissarro. As a nature lover, majority of his work was inspired by the natural landscape found in Mexico. Today, Clausell is considered one of the first, and best-known impressionist painters coming from the country of Mexico.
Edgar Degas was born on July 19, 1834 in Paris, France. Early in his career, Degas inspired to become a history artist; However, this changed and he instead brought together the methods of history painting and contemporary subject matter. Majority of Degas' paintings revolved around dancing and contemporary life but Paintings such as "Russet Landscape" shows that he was very open to many different art subject matter. Although he is considered an impressionist artist to many, Degas rejected this term and thought of himself as a realist.
Francisco Romano Guillemín was born in Mexico and is considered as one of the few Mexican born Impressionist artists. Guillemín art studies began in Puebla and continued further after his transfer to the Academia de San Carlos. It is said that his interest in impressionism began during a trip to Europe.
Claude Monet was born on November 14, 1840 in Paris, France. Monet is also considered on of the founding fathers of the artistic movement, Impressionism. As an artist, Monet's goal was to capture the essence of the natural world using strong colors and bold, short brushstrokes, thus turning away from the ideals of blended colors found in classical art. Ironically, the term impressionism came about when an art critic insultingly called Monet's art style "Impression" since it was more concerned with form and light than realism. In the end, Claude Monet along with other impressionist artists stuck with this term since it described exactly what they were trying to achieve.
Pierre-Auguste Renoir was born on February 25, 1841 in Limoges, France. As a teenager, Renoir obtained an apprenticeship as a porcelain painter and also studied drawing in his free-time. In 1862 he entered the famous art school, Ecole des Beaux-Arts, where he later met friend and fellow impressionist artist, Claude Monet. In 1874, Renoir planned the very first Impressionist art exhibit along with Pissarro, Monet, Cézanne, Degas, and many other impressionist artists. Renoir enjoyed painting so much that he still continued to paint while old with arthritis. It is also said that he tied brushes to his wrist in order to continue painting despite his physical setback.
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