Expressionist Art Movement Essay

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Impressionism is a 19th-century art movement that originated with a group of Paris-based artists. Radicals in their time, early Impressionists violated the rules of academic painting. They constructed their pictures from freely brushed colours that took precedence over lines and contours, as opposed to the tradition which involved using somber and conservative colours, supressing the artists emotions and techniques with a gereral template. They painted realistic scenes of modern life, and often painted outdoors. Previously, still lifes and portraits and landscapes were usually painted in a studio. The Impressionists found that they could capture the moment and transient effects of sunlight by painting quickly and efficiently. They portrayed overall visual effects instead of details, and used short "broken" brush strokes of mixed and pure unmixed colour—not blended smoothly or shaded, as was customary to achieve an effect of intense colour and light. Impressionism emerged in France at the same time that a number of other painters, including the Italian artists known as the Macchiaioli, and Winslow Homer in the United States, were also exploring outdoor painting. The Impressionists, however, developed new techniques specific to the style. Encompassing what its adherents argued was a different way of seeing, it is an art of immediacy and movement, of candid poses and compositions, of the play of light expressed in a bright and varied use of colour. Impressionist painting characteristics include relatively small, thin, yet visible brush strokes, open composition and emphasis on accurately depicting light in the particular moment (often accentuating the effects of the passage of time), ordinary subject matter, inclusion of movement and unusual visual angles were just a few more distinctive characteristics the impressionist era of art is well known for. The public,

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