Tuesday, September 14, 2010

ABC Wednesday - I is for Impressionists

It is time once again for ABC Wednesday - the fun alphabetical meme. This week I is our focus.

I is for Impressionism and the Impressionists.

This term was used in a derogatory way for the early artists who dared to explore light in new ways. It began with Monet, and soon became revolutionary. It was the first of the Modern Movements.
Monet, Renoir, Sisley, Pissarro, Cezanne, Degas were some of these artists who embraced the study of how light played on objects. Their work is impressive, inviting, intriguing!
"A French 19th century art movement which marked a momentous break from tradition in European painting. The Impressionists incorporated new scientific research into the physics of colour to achieve a more exact representation of colour and tone.
Impressionist art is a style in which the artist captures the image of an object as someone would see it if they just caught a glimpse of it. They paint the pictures with a lot of color and most of their pictures are outdoor scenes. Their pictures are very bright and vibrant. The artists like to capture their images without detail but with bold colors. Some of the greatest impressionist artists were Edouard Manet, Camille Pissaro, Edgar Degas, Alfred Sisley, Claude Monet, Berthe Morisot and Pierre Auguste Renoir. " (from here)

I love this device about what was important to the impressionists:

"Here's a device to help students remember the issues important to most Impressionists:

E Everyday life
L Light
B Brushstrokes
O Outdoor settings
W Weather and atmosphere"
Be sure to check out the other great participants here.


Sylvia K said...

Marvelous post for the I Day, Bev! I love the Impressionist painters! The photos are delightful and such interesting information! Always learn something new and that's always good! Enjoy your week!


Leslie: said...

I'm glad you did impressionism today - I did it in another round as it's my favourite form of art, especially Monet. I actually taught a unit to my grade 4 students and they loved it. We had such fun doing our own works of art and learning all about the art form and the artists. Great post today, Bev! :D

Tumblewords: said...

Another great post! I'm really enjoying your art theme - enlightening and enjoyable!

photowannabe said...

Great post for I. These are some of my favorite artists. Love the "device" for remembering.

RuneE said...

A VERY great "I"!

They made an impression that still lingers and still is emportant. Also in photography (just remove the "Brushstrokes"...)

mrsnesbitt said...

Wow! My favourite too! A wonderful way to remember the important elements too.

ABC Team

MorningAJ said...

Fantastic choice for I. And I love the ELBOW mnemonic.

Carol said...

Great I post! Enjoyed the info.

Roger Owen Green said...

my father painted a replica of an Impressionist painting - in the style of Monet - right on the living room wall!

interesting stuff

ROG, ABC Wednesday team

Kay L. Davies said...

And it reminds me I want to order some Monet coffee cups for my sister-in-law. She is married to my artist brother and they both love Monet (and so do I).

Alberta, Canada

Jay said...

Interesting to see that list of what was important to the impressionists. I rather wrote them off when I was young, but I was intrigued later to read about Monet's poor sight, which enabled him to see the world in a very special way. The impressionists do certainly have something, don't they?

ChrisJ said...

Really interesting blog for me. I have taken up painting in my "old age". I have had no teaching or guidance and just try to pick up what I can from bloggers who paint. I love the impressionists for exactly what you said, especially their use of color,and light. I do water colors but more in an acrylic style. I do pretty well whatever pleases me and try to analyze paintings to see what makes them exceptional and how the painters achieved their effects.
Thanks for the time you put into this blog.