Art of Impression

This gallery contains the art of the Impressionist movement. The impressionists created complex forms from abstract techniques. Detail and realistic figures do not figure prominently in the art of the Impressionists. Instead look for emotion and the feel of the art. This is art best seen from a distance to grasp the larger picture.

Portrait of Nini Lopez by Pierre-Auguste Renoir depicts a young woman. The woman is center frame and the backdrop is indiscernible. Textures create the lines and form of the woman. The only part of the painting with real detail is the eyes and mouth of the woman. The splotchy brushwork is indicative of the Impressionist movement.
Pierre-Auguste Renoir’s The Grand Boulevards depicts a large boulevard in Paris. The brushwork is visual and blotchy, and the figures and details are muffled, almost as though in a haze. The blurred details convey a sense of motion to this bustling street. The colors are bright and vibrant, which helps in discerning detail.
The Piazza San Marco, Venice by Pierre-Auguste Renoir depicts exactly what is in the name, The Piazza San Marco in Venice, Italy. The colors are bright and vibrant, mainly reds, yellows and blues. The blue in the front of the Piazza San Marco is particularly striking in the richness of the color. Large brushstrokes create the figures and people in the painting, and are largely undetailed.
The Swing by Pierre-Auguste Renoir depicts two grown men, a grown woman and a small girl with a swing, presumably tied to the tree on the far left. The intimate detail of these figures is largely absent, while the facial expressions are lifelike and natural. The eye is immediately drawn to the grown woman, whose white dress and blue bows create significant contrast with the rest of the work.
Apple Harvest by Camille Pissaro depicts four workers, three women and one man, gathering apples from a tree in a field. The colors are bright and striking, as is typical for Impressionist art. Pissaro uses smaller brushstrokes and dabs of color to create an almost pixelated effect, creating a larger image from many small, but discernable, splashes of color.
Autumn, Morning, Cloudy, Eragny by Camille Pissaro is a landscape painting with no human characters. The painting shows green trees on a cloudy day with a red roofed building in the distance. The color pallet is more subdued than other works, which adds to the gloominess of the overcast sky. The swirling brushwork of the sky creates subtle realistic clouds.
Boulevard Montmarte, morning, cloudy weather by Camille Pissaro shows an aerial view of the boulevard on a cloudy morning. The painting contains many people and horse drawn carriages hustling down this busy thoroughfare. The small brushwork creates the forms of these characters without adding too much detail. The colors are more subdued to create the sense of overcast created by the cloudy sky.
Meules, milieu du jour [Haystacks, midday] by Claude Monet shows two haystacks in a pastoral setting. The brushwork is large and muddled, and creates the forms of the sky, hills, trees, field, haystack shadows, and the haystacks themselves. The brushstrokes also seem to move from top left to bottom right.
London Parliament by Claude Monet encapsulates much of what made the Impressionist movement unique. The forms of the Parliament Building and the boats and people on the water are created from large splashes of color, and the intimate details of these figures are not present. The sky and water are composed from the same color, giving an overall haze to the painting.
The Japanese Footbridge and the Water Lily Pool, Giverny by Claude Monet was one of Monet’s most famous and detailed works. Most noticeable is the use of green throughout the painting. The Japanese footbridge bisects the painting into an upper half, which contains mostly trees, most noticeably a weeping willow in the top left, and a bottom half, which is dominated by the small river and the water lilies that Monet was so fond of.
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