Impression on Impressionism - Sebastian Rossel

Starting back in the 19th century when Claude Monet began the movement of impressionist painting. This gallery focuses on the technique of their use in color and patterns throughout the work. Impressionist used short brush strokes to quickly capture the moment of the subject as well as bright contrasting colors to help make each color stand out more.

Monet, the founder of the French impressionist movement shows us this wonderful piece on Water Lilies. In this painting you can see the grass coming out of the water and the bright colors of the water lilies. Notice how the detail in the water lilies is cleaner in the foreground compared to the background by the use of more brush strokes to help create that detail in the circles. As well as the contrasting colors within the flowers and the colors don’t mix together creating a third color.
This painting of a young woman in what seems to be an open field is a very interesting piece due to its lack of detail. The woman stands out very nicely with the warm colors of orange, red and yellow. The pattern of thicker brushstrokes going down the dress help to pull her away from the background of the thinner and more repetitive brushstrokes.
The London Parliament painting is very nice and quite soothing to look at because it was painted inside of a fog and the subject is the London Parliament building next to a river. The painting has a very interesting use of a dark no detailed building with an outline of the sky and the use of the reflection in the water to help contrast the dark and the light. You can see that not only were there small brushstrokes used in the building itself but in the water to show the texture of the waves and some small dots throughout the painting and sky for a fog like feel.
Seashore with Figures painting comes from a post-impressionism movement where artist began to capture moments through their mind rather than the realistic view. In this painting you can see a group of people sitting beach side staring into the horizon with a few clouds in the sky. The subjects’ in the painting look to appear two-dimensional and no depth at all. The colors are impressive amongst the people to help separate each person through their hates, umbrellas and outfits. The sky has a gradual change in color from the dark blue ocean. The brushstrokes in the clouds have multiple strokes where as the people seem to be painted in very few one to two strokes a person.
The Prisoners of War piece is also a part of the post-impressionist movement and has a very interesting style of brushstrokes because all the brushstrokes are going diagonally to make it seem as if its raining in this area. The artist used the white hoods or raincoats as a representation to show the amount of people that were in this painting as well as the darker colors for their bodies. The lines in this painting actually draw our attention to the man in blue due to the perspective style used. If you follow all the white hoods from right to left you’ll notice. As well as if you stand back the man in blue stands out the most due to his bright color in the scene.
The Grands Boulevards painting shows a street where people are walking by and some horse carriages are traveling as well. Impressionist were all about capturing the essence of the moment so judging by the lack of detail in this painting you can see it was captured fairly quickly. The colors are interesting because of the light and dark shadows on the floor as well as the different shades of green amongst the trees to help separate each one. The artist used dots in the trees and small bright brushstrokes for the rest of the painting.
The Grands Boulevards painting shows a street where people are walking by and some horse carriages are traveling as well. Impressionist were all about capturing the essence of the moment so judging by the lack of detail in this painting you can see it was captured fairly quickly. The colors are interesting because of the light and dark shadows on the floor as well as the different shades of green amongst the trees to help separate each one. The artist used dots in the trees and small bright brushstrokes for the rest of the painting.
This artist really stuck to the original style of impressionist even in the modern times. It’s hard to depict where exactly this lady is sitting but you can clearly tell she is nude and sitting on a pink blanket wearing a hat and looking off into the distance. The horizontal brushstrokes and cool colors of the background help to separate the subject and her vertical brushstrokes and warmer colors.
This painting of a woman on a swing surrounds by a couple of people at what seems to be a public park area is a great work of art for impressionists. The artist plays with the light and dark areas of the painting by using the tree as a separation between light and dark. Within that breakup from the leaves is the pattern of dots on the ground for light and dark seeping through the tree as well as on the woman on the swing.
The Spring by the Seine has an interesting subject considering its up to the viewers’ interpretation. I believe the subject is the couple on the left of the painting considering the bright colors throughout the painting and the darker ones used to emphasize the couple. The lines in this painting point towards the end of the river and the end of the trail giving a sense of direction of where the couple is going. The brushstrokes are very small giving better detail throughout the painting.
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