Impressionist artworks by Renoir, Monet, and Pissaro--- tessie horan

A selection of impressionist art works by three of the great artist of this time period. 

Renoir was born in France in 1841, the son of a working class family. He spent his years studying at art school and the Louvre. Six of his paintings were hung in the first Impressionist exhibit in 1874. This painting is included in the gallery because it is an ideal model of impressionist art. The pastel colors and soft movement and lines of a Parisian street. The street reminds me of a when I went to Florence and we would cross the bridges. The sun was shinning, people were out and talking, shopping, going to work. It feels like a nice summer day in the city.
This painting by the famous, impressionist artist, Renoir, is included in the gallery because its use of brushstrokes and pastel colors. It is a very monochromatic painting using mostly tan and cream. I liked this painting especially because of its depiction of a cat looking very pleased in the embrace of a young girl. The cat just looks so happy and it is a young kitten showing the carefree life of the girl and the kitten.
This work by Renoir shows the lax lifestyle of many Impressionists during the 19th-Century. Renoir painted his friends on a balcony at a boating party. There is a great deal of light in the painting. The work shows the changes in light from one moment to the next. The work is balanced with two figures on the left and eleven on the right. I chose this art work because I was immediately drawn to the party and the group. They seem to be having a great time enjoying each others company.
This work reminds me of Monet's paintings of the Rouen Cathedral. It uses fast, large brushstrokes to quickly capture the light. It shows how light affects how you view the building. I chose this because the building looks like it belongs in Heaven because of the light colors and bold blue and yellow.
When he returned from England in 1871, Monet settled in Argenteuil and lived there until 1878. He was supported by his art dealer and could paint the beautiful sights around him. Now one of the worlds most famous paintings, the woman and child are probably Monet's wife and son. The painting is moving towards abstract art with the overly large poppies in the front of the painting. There is a great use of diagonal lines in the painting from the slope of the hill and the position of the two sets of mother and son. I chose this work because I've heard about it a lot and it makes me feel happy to look at.
Claude Monet was a French painter and the founder of the Impressionist movement. His father wanted him to work in the family grocery business but he wanted to become an artist. Like Renoir he would travel to Paris and copy old masters in the Louvre. While in Paris, Monet met many other young artist including Manet. He began to paint using the effects of light with broken color and rapid brushstrokes. He focused more on the way light changed a subject than on the subject itself. This work is in the gallery because it shows impressionist ideals using light and color. The water in this work reflects the sky and land around it with ripples of color and light mixed in. A close up look at the painting shows the use of many colors, used to create texture, that when looking at the whole painting give a new depth to the painting. I chose this work because it is a beautiful landscape that seemed to capture all that impressionism wanted to capture.
In this painting the sun is setting on a cliff and a sea. But the light in the painting is not coming from the sun that is an orange circle in the sky, but it is coming from some other source just the end of the day light that remains. Monet again used the rapid brushstrokes of many colors to show the texture of the water and the sky, using multiple shades and accents of colors in the water. I chose this work because I love the water that was painted. That the sun is setting but it is not over shadowing the water that is beautiful at sunset.
I chose this work because my mom has a print of it in our kitchen and I've always really liked it. It's a cloudy, smoggy day in a city with people going to work and running errands. The blurry aspect that is Impressionist helps get the paintings cloudy feeling across.
Another impressionist painting by Pissarro this one shows the Seine river in Bougival. The work is an exploration of light and color on this river. It shows the perfect balance of human activity and nature. The trees and hill on the right have a heavy feel and references the old art style that Pissarro painted. I chose this work because it reminded me of a trip to Portsmouth, New Hampshire. It was fall and the harbor was beautiful.
Pissarro was born in the Virgin Islands in 1830. He worked for his fathers business until he was 21 and decided to become a painter. He worked in St. Thomas and Venezuela as a painter until 1855 when he moved back to Paris. In 1859 while attending the Académie Suisse, he met Monet, Cézanne, and Guillaumin who all shared a common dissatisfaction in the dictates of the Salon. In 1894 he painted this work and it is now in this gallery because it is an impressionist work. I chose this painting because it's very pretty and I want to go into the painting and frolic in the leaves and have a picnic in the grass.
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