La Belle Epoch Synthesis Essay

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La Belle Epoch Synthesis Essay From 1871 to 1917, Europe and other developed countries world-wide experienced a time of social, economic, and cultural growth known as La Belle Epoch. Publications of this “beautiful era” such as Monet’s Impression, Sunrise, Freud’s The Interpretation of Dreams, and Foster’s “Looking through a Glass Darkly” contributed greatly to a concept common today that each individual has unique views or opinions, and a right to express these ideas. A piece of art’s theme and mood is in most cases subject to the viewer, and this idea is even truer in Monet’s Impression, Sunrise. Just by looking at the painting you can tell that the subject is two boats on the water, but if you look deeper you can infer other characteristics. By looking at the placement of the sun you can also assume that the setting is either not long after sunrise or a little before sunset, or that because the sun and the sky have similar luminosity, it is humid out. What is seen in the painting depends on who is looking upon it. (Monet) A concept of unique perception is used periodically in today’s modern art. One of this century’s major art movements, known as the Expressionism movement, is similar to Monet’s piece where the goal is not to duplicate the subject, but to present an honest illustration of its true meaning. However, art is subjective, and translates something different to each individual, so the painter might try to portray a certain emotion, but that’s not always what everyone else perceives. When trying to understand these perceptions, it is necessary to shovel deep into the subconscious mind where Sigmund Freud had begun questioning the meaning of dreams. In his book, The Interpretation of Dreams, Freud said that “[dreams] are not meaningless…” and that “They are a completely valid psychological phenomenon…” He then goes on to argue that dreams are

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