Impressionism was a form of painting that began to depict a fleeting moment. Sketchy lines and loose brush strokes characterized it. It used dabs of color that blend. Impressionism used subject matter from the amusement and pastimes of the middle and upper classes. It used pleasant moments and did not focus on traditional subject matter like religion or history. I really enjoyed that the artists began to take a step back away from the subject matter or religion and history. I enjoyed other eras and things like the Sistine Chapel, but I feel as though impressionism is more touching to the average person’s heart.
Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose by John Singer Sargent 1885-1886
One very interesting thing about impressionism was that the artists would work outside! Many people criticized this form of artwork when it first aroused. However, they eventually accepted it. When asked if I liked or disliked impressionism I would definitely have to say that I liked it. Impressionism is filled with charm and was incredibly understandable. I found two of the impressionism painters to be extremely intriguing. Both of these artists happened to be female.
Breakfast in Bed by Mary Cassett 1897
Maternal Caress by Mary Cassatt 1891
The first one was Mary Cassatt. She was born May 22, 1844 and died on June 14, 1926. Cassatt was an American painters and print maker. She spent the majority of her adult life in France. She created images of social and private lives of women. What I liked most about her paintings was the bond she displayed between the mother and children.
The second, Berthe Morisot, was a very interesting artist that I admired so much especially because of her painting The Cradle. Morisot was born on January 14, 1841. She died on March 02, 1895. She was born in France and married Edouard Manet’s brother, which gave her the financial stability to pursue her painting career. I really liked how her subject matter varied from landscapes, still life’s, to even domestic scenes! However, as I said, The Cradle stood out to me. The reason was how great she was at displaying the strong bond between the mother and infant. As a mother, it melts my heart and displays it so well.
Overall, I really enjoyed impressionism and how it took a good step back from religion and history subject matters. I especially enjoyed the mother bonding portraits displayed above as well!
Bio. True Story. Berthe Morisot Biolography. Web 16 March 2013. http://www.biography.com/people/berthe-morisot-9414971
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Sargent, John. Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose. Web 16 March 2013. http://jssgallery.org/Paintings/Carnation_Lily_Lily_Rose.htm
Visual Arts in the Romantic Era. Web 16 March 2013. http://amtf200.community.uaf.edu/2009/04/24/03-visual-arts-3/