La Gen201 Unit 1 Analysis

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Impressionism was the first of the modernist art movements. The term impressionism is derived from Monet’s artwork Impression: Sunrise, which is a demonstration of the values of the movement. Impressionism began in France in the 1860’s and exemplified the rejection of traditional art making methods and began abstract art. The impressionists (Monet, Pissarro, Renoir, Degas) veered away from the realistic style paintings which society valued and developed a darker and sketchier style. Their paintings reflected every day scenes and landscapes, often painting on location and in plein-air (the open air). Nature was the main focus of the Impressionists, as was light. They aimed to represent the sensation of light. The brush stroke technique adopted by impressionist was that of short brush strokes of pure colour (they avoided black and brown), also known as the broken colour technique. The paint was often thick and lumpy,…show more content…
He began working with ceramics during his teenage years and soon discovered from experience that the white porcelain he had been painting on highlighted the colours, therefore he eradicated dark bases for his artworks. Renoir mixed his paints on canvas rather than on a palette, as did most impressionists, and used complimentary colours next to each other almost blending however sustaining the broken colour technique. Renoir’s La Grenouillère (oil on canvas) is a typical impressionist artwork, conveying the aims of the movement. He has successfully captured the sunlight falling on the various surfaces of the scene, in particular the sparkle on the water and the light reflecting off of the leaves. There are figures present, however they are not the main focus of this artwork, the main focus is nature. The depiction of light falling on leaves and trees is classically impressionist. Paint has been applied onto the canvas thickly, and the bold brush strokes create a vibrant and textural

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