11 - Impressionism What were the Impressionist artists...

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Impressionism What were the Impressionist artists trying to accomplish with their new techniques and choices of subject matter? (Know the aims discussed in class). The artists got together and decided what they wanted the style to be, this is the first time this happened. 1. Concern with efforts of light and color it makes on the eye. Respond to reality through mental terms. Take inspiration directly through nature. There is not always a lot of detail. Shift in subject matter: people out in the sun, parasol 2. Attempt to capture fleeting moments. Spontaneous moments, they had to paint fast. Get the effect of an accident (woman walking by window). Throw out static poses. 3. Subject painted from nature or everyday life. they didn’t paint mythology or history. They painted what they saw. Real people, avoid symbolism. Compositions are informal. Genre painting: nothing spectacular 4. Painting process moved out of the studio. Painting outside right on the spot. Had oil paint in little tubes so the painters could easily carry them. 5. Attention to the medium as paint on canvas. Art is art, nothing else. it is to be beautiful. You can see the brush strokes and is not polished. This was upsetting to a lot of people because it
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