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Impressionism is the movement in painting that was developed in the late 19th century in France. It was the result of the reaction to the formalism and sentimentality that were characterized by academic
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Impressionism is the movement in painting that was developed in the late 19th century in France. It was the result of the reaction to the formalism and sentimentality that were characterized by academic art.
The impressionists prefer to paint outdoors. The most popular ones are landscape and streets scenes, as well as figures from everyday life. They are trying to achieve a spontaneous, undetailed picture of the world through careful representation of the effect of natural light on objects. Since the impressionists believe that light tends to diffuse the outlines of the objects and reflect the colours of surrounding objects into the shadows, they are more concerned with the light than with exact depiction of form. The colours they prefer are the primary colours (red, blue and yellow) and complimentary colours (green, orange and orange). By placing short brushstrokes of these colours side by side, they achieve the effects of naturalness and immediacy. When the primary colours are blend into together with the complimentary colours and viewed from a distance, the contrasting colours will bring out the vivid quality of each. Therefore, the painters will achieve a greater brilliance of colour and tones in their paintings. The
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