McAndrew 2 Impressionism

Impressionism was another result of the industrialization of Europe. The era is characterized by an increased emphasis on light, bright yet soft colors, experimentation with color placement, dot technique, movement away from traditional subjects, and painting "en plein air" or from real-life scenes.

In Two Girls, Morisot exhibits the blurry characteristic of Impressionism with thick brush strokes and colors that blend together. The subject of the portrait is the girl who is putting her shoe on, but she is not in the definite center of the painting. The overall color scheme of the painting is light and soft, although there is a bit of contrast with the forwardmost girl's skirt. There is still the effect of light on the scene, and it is possible that this setting could have been painted through real-life observation, like many Impressionists liked to do, because the subject is a common girl instead of a godly figure.
In The Care, Morisot used long, chunky brush strokes that are clearly distinguishable from a distance, creating an overall blurry appearance of the painting. The colors she uses are also soft like most Impressionist pieces. However, it is possible to observe her conservative style because the colors are not all that bring, and her shadow has more black/darkness in it that most Impressionist paintings; her color pallet was still relatively traditional and soft. Like other Impressionist painters, though, she does not paint her subject in the exact center of the painting- it is slightly to the left and shares a bit of attention with the pot in the back. Her subject is a cage of birds instead of something traditional such as Jesus or nature.
In this painting, Pissarro practiced the Dot Technique and exhibited bright, soft, colors. Many of the colors are experimentally placed near complementary shades. There is an overall blurriness of the setting, and although we can clearly distinguish the subject and her surrounding, there is a lack of straight, defined lines. The shadow on the ground is not black, but is darker shades of the colors from the work, therefore preventing too extreme of a contrast between the shadow and the rest of the work.
Sunset at Eragny is characteristic of the Impressionist movement because of the blurriness between the trees and the sky as well as the blending of colors in the sunset itself. There is an exploration of how light during a sunset effects the land, trees, and sky. The shadows are composed of non-black or brown color, and the subject is not a Biblical or mythological scene. It is very possible that Pissarro painted this while actually observing the scene using the "en plen air" technique.
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